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Whales Winners of Computing Week Challenge!

Congratulations to Whales class who were awarded with a special prize for completing the Computing Week challenge in the quickest time. They showed excellent team work and problem solving skills to crack the codes with great efficiency.

They were awarded with the Minecraft Handbook Collection! These handbooks contain information about:

– the History of Minecraft
– Creative vs Survival mode
– Technical details
– Controls for PC/Mac, XBOX, and Pocket Edition
– Topics such as Inventory, Weapons, Tools, Shelter, Food, etc.
– A guide to mining rare elements


Well done to everyone for taking part with such enthusiasm. Thomas Buxton pupils are clearly very good at cracking codes!

EU Referendum Poll

On Thursday 23rd June, there is a very important vote called a referendum. British people will be asked whether they would like to remain or leave the European Union (or EU).

So what is the EU?

EU_render.jpgfc3819b7-c51e-4408-a706-81a518c5dca6Large  A useful video from Newsround: click here

The EU is a group of 28 countries whose governments work together – a bit like a club. All the countries have to agree to some rules and pay some money and in return the countries support each other.

The EU has certain aims to make sure European people are treated fairly and with respect. They ensure we have certain rights, such as the right to visit or live in any country in EU. This means people living in terrible conditions are able to migrate to other countries to enjoy a better life.

People who want to leave the EU say that Britain will have more control and will be able to stop people entering our country.

Only adults can vote in the EU referendum so it seems fair that you children should also have your voice heard in our opinion poll.

So, do you think the UK should remain part of the European Union or leave?


We Are HTML Editors

Year 4 are quickly becoming masters of HTML editing. They are now starting to edit and publish there very own creations by remixing web pages using Mozilla Thimble.


Here is Mozilla Thimble being used. The HTML code is on the left while the image being changed appears on the right. Every time some code is re-written, the image changes.

By changing some of the HTML code for this image….



….the children are able to change the text and the background colour, completely reinventing the original image and making it their own.





Nabeel and Sameera did so to create this!


They’ve used bright blue for the background and changed the text to thank their class teacher Ms Ahmed for helping them with their learning.

Click this URL to view their published webpage

More wonderful web pages will be published very soon. Well done Nabeel and Sameera!


We Are HTML Editors

Hi Year 4,

This term, you will learning about how web pages are made using HTML.

HTML is a special language that web developers use to add images, videos and text to web pages.

We will looking inside web pages to discover the lines of code that lie behind the internet! Using Mozilla Thimble, we will then be creating our own web pages. Here is a video explaining how Mozilla Thimble works:

Also, have a look at the Year 5 blog page. Ants and Caterpillars learned how to write HTML last term. Make sure you ask them for some tips! They’d enjoy sharing their learning with you.

Here is Mozilla Thimble in action!

Steam Locomotive Explanations

Year 4 were recently writing explanation texts about steam locomotive trains. They described the complex process a steam train goes through to move along.

To bring their work to life, they also created some TV adverts, promoting the luxury and impressive functionality of steam locomotives.

steam train

Here is an excellent example. Please leave your feedback in the comments section. Enjoy!

We Are Musicians: Making Soundtracks for Film Clips

Today we are looking at how music enhances a video clip and what makes the music so suitable for a particular piece of footage.

For example, how does the music from this Despicable Me 2 clip reflect the feeling of what’s happening in the video? What kind of music would not be appropriate?

How is the music in other scenes different? Is it because the characters are experiencing different events and reacting with different emotions? Think about this scene from Toy Story.

In Year 4, we will soon be creating our own soundtracks using different instruments and different pieces of music-making software and apps.

We will upload our compositions to the website and decide which are the most appropriate soundtracks for the different scenes.

What film scenes do you think we should focus on and why? What film have you always wanted to soundtrack? How will you represent the emotions of the characters? Share your opinions by replying to this blog.

Addition Using Deconstruction

Mahi from Whales has been using deconstruction to improve his mental methods for addition. Using the iPad, he has been drawing a number line and showing his method clearly.

Mahi Deconstruction (2)

First he jumped to the boundary number (10) and then deconstructed 4 into 1 and 3. He then added 3 to get his answer: 13.

Well done, Mahi!

We Are HTML Editors: X-Ray Goggles

Hey Year 4!!

the Ants were asking after their Computing lesson yesterday how you can use X-Ray Goggles at home. Well here is the link:

x ray 1 x ray 2

You need to drag the yellow “X-ray Goggles” tab into your bookmarks/favourites bar at the top of your web browser. You have to use Google Chrome though guys!

Then wherever you are on the internet, you can activate X-Ray vision!

Caterpillars, you’ll be enjoying the wonders of X-Ray Goggles and HTML code next week. In the meantime, feel free to have a go at home.

We did some fantastic HTML yesterday. I was having a go at home. I edited the Espresso site to show my own message! Check it out:

x ray 3

Enjoy interacting with the internet everyone. See how creative you can be!

Mr Neville

We Are Musicians – Makey Makey

Year 4 enjoyed the wonders of Makey Makey recently, working together to programme a keyboard using carrots! Their computing unit, We Are Musicians, has been exciting and unusual enough up until now, but their final lesson was something else…

Firstly, we connected the Makey Makey board to a simple keyboard programme on the laptop. Then we programmed Makey Makey to replace the keys on the keyboard with a different input – carrots! By touching the carrots, the children completed the circuit, allowing the current to flow through the wire, the carrots and their own body. This then triggered the output – the sound!


We even went on the replace the carrots with different input devices. Instead of carrots, we used people! We are just as conductive as carrots (as we contain a lot of water) so we could be used as part of the circuit too. So by touching another person who is connected to the wires in the circuit, as seen in the pictures below, you could play sounds.

What other objects do you think we could use as inputs?


We even managed to play some really nice melodies by using a group of children and setting each child up to be the input for a certain note. Then by attaching themselves to the circuit, another child becomes the keyboard player. They can then connect to each child to play a different sound.

We’ll see much more of Makey Makey soon in other computing units. Until then, Makey Makey is normally set up in the Infant ICT suite for a variety of fun activities. Come and take a look!

Mr Nev