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!
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?
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 insideweb 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.
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.
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!
Please log in to vote
You need to log in to vote. If you already had an account, you may log in here