This week the children in Years 3 to 6 have been trying out some Computational Thinking
puzzles which formed part of the BEBRAS competition in 2013.
Next week we will be entering the 2014 competition to see if we can earn enough points to be in the top 25 schools!
We have been using Scratch in computer club!
This programming uses coloured blocks depending on what you make your character do.
You can even make your own blocks and variables!
This website has a wide range of ready-made characters, backgrounds and programs, but there is always the option to make your own.
One game we made – Click Here
We started Computing Club today with exploring the BigTrak robot, playing Tetris with the Makey-Makey, designing controllers for a Scratch Piano, and programming apps on the iPads.
Science Day 2014
Years 2, 5 and 6 took part in a Makey Makey workshop for Science Day.
We discussed which items they thought would conduct electricity, and then tested them with an online bongo and a Makey Makey kit. There were a few surprising conductors, including salami and apples!
We played test tube pianos, foil mat Tetris, apple pianos, human controllers and even designed our own controllers.
A fab day which was enjoyed by all!
Year 1 had fun directing a helicopter to rescue a cow and drop it in a bath tub using arrows in the app ‘Busy Bundle 1’.
This is the first step towards programming in the new curriculum in September.
The kids loved the game and the great sounds the cow made when it landed it the bath!
Wow – Have we really covered this many apps already? Almost ready for the new curriculum!
We are on our way to setting up a Digital Leader Team. This will initially consist of 5 pupils from Years 2 to 6 who can offer their technological skills to improving computing within the Prep School. They will use their skills to test out software/hardware, maintain the iPads, help with the running of Computing Club, and best of all, teaching the teachers what they know!!
The children will be going through an application and interview process, and not all applicants will be successful. When selected, the children will be given access to this blog once a week to update you on what we have been doing!