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Key stage 1

In key stage 1 this week we have been taking a deep dive into databases, looking at how we can put together a database, more specifically pictograms and tally charts.

They have shown a good understanding of how we record data in a pictogram and how much easier it is to record numbers in a tally chart than to count each object out one by one. Key stage 1 has done very well this week. 

Lower key stage 2 

Lower key stage 2 were looking at yes or no diagrams, these diagrams helped to lead them to the correct answer. We worked together to put the objects or mini beast into the diagram so we could find and guess the right answer, using a series of yes and no questions. They were able to understand how the diagram was effective and why we used it to help sort through data. 

Upper key stage 2 

Upper key stage 2 recapped the meaning of database and why we use them and how they help us to store/record data. They looked at the reliability of both paper records and online databases and were able to understand the pros and cons of both but still found that the online database was more reliable. They then used an online database to find information and complete a series of questions, which was challenging but they did well.

Computing at OLSJ

Key stage 1

In key stage 1 this week we have been taking a deep dive into databases, looking at how we can put together a database, more specifically pictograms and tally charts.

They have shown a good understanding of how we record data in a pictogram and how much easier it is to record numbers in a tally chart than to count each object out one by one. Key stage 1 has done very well this week. 

Lower key stage 2 

Lower key stage 2 were looking at yes or no diagrams, these diagrams helped to lead them to the correct answer. We worked together to put the objects or mini beast into the diagram so we could find and guess the right answer, using a series of yes and no questions. They were able to understand how the diagram was effective and why we used it to help sort through data. 

Upper key stage 2 

Upper key stage 2 recapped the meaning of database and why we use them and how they help us to store/record data. They looked at the reliability of both paper records and online databases and were able to understand the pros and cons of both but still found that the online database was more reliable. They then used an online database to find information and complete a series of questions, which was challenging but they did well.

Computing 15/03/24

Key stage 1 

Key stage 1 focused on what a tally is and how we use a tally to make it easier to collect data. They were also able to understand what is meant by the word Data, that it is another word for information, They used the tallying system to input the data into their table on the sheet. 

Lower key stage 2

Lower Key stage 2 were looking at yes and no questions and how they can be used to retrieve information about a given subject. So they were asked to choose an object in their groups and they then had to answer a range of yes and no questions from the class which would allow the class to guess the object in class correctly. They did very well and were able to group objects that were separated by different things the object had in common, e.g. colour or size.

Upper Key Stage 2

Upper key stage 2 looked at attaining information by asking questions. They had to retrieve as much information as they could in their groups, so they had to figure out that the most effective way to get that information was to ask open-ended questions. That way they would be able to get a range of answers rather than only getting “yes” and “no” answers, they did really well and in the end were able to decipher the right answer.  They also looked at putting information into a database. 

PE 09/02/24

Key stage 1 continued to look at fundamental and functional skills, this week they were asked to work with the equipment, looking at skills for passing the ball and dribbling.

Key stage 2 where looking at working more independently in their team sport, ensuring they spoke to each other, and followed the rules of the game really worked on defensive

PE 26/01/24

Everyone worked really hard together this week. We looked at multi skill games and tactical/fundamental skills that can be used over multiple sports in KS1. 

They completed the games not realizing how many skills they were working on and excelling at. 

KS2 were looking at team sports, Netball and Hockey mainly. They all worked really well as a team and understood they needed to rely on the members of the team in order to win.

Computing 15/11/23

Key stage 1 Digital Pictures & Paintings

This week students looked at making digital pictures that look real or fake and they had to determine, when looking at others’ pictures, whether they are real or not and also think about how their fellow classmates were able to merge them together. This week the children have also been looking at creating their own digital paintings and continuing to practice using digital paint equipment.

Key stage 2 Evaluation week

As the students had done a great deal of work on their podcasts, videos, and websites. This week they have been working to complete their projects and they have also been looking at what worked well and what they might have been able to do better/ or could improve on. All in all, I believe the children really enjoyed working on their projects and some were even working on their site outside of class time.

Computing 08/11/23

Key stage 1 Digital Painting / Picture Editing

Key stage 1 continued working on editing pictures, learning how to distort their pictures, and adding other filters to their pictures such as mosaic filters, which they enjoyed and were excited to learn. They also had to look at the differences between a real painting and a digital painting and by the end of the lesson they had to determine which one they preferred to paint better.

Key stage 2 Web Design / Video editing / Podcasting

During Lessons this week, students were asked to continue completing their videos and begin looking at editing, some were given the opportunity to finish their podcasts. Students thoroughly enjoyed recording their podcasts, changing their voices to match the energy that needed to have been given for their podcasts to flow well. Lastly, year 6 were given time to work on their web designs, which are coming along really well, some even look like websites we could use on a day-to-day basis.

Computing

Key Stage 1. Graphic Painting/Picture Editing

This week the children looked at painting their own pointillism pictures, where they had to compose a picture using dots, they were given an example of a sunflower and were asked to replicate the picture as closely as possible to the original picture. In the pictures, you can see the starting point of some of the students and then what they were able to achieve toward the end of the lesson.

They were also given the task of using editing software, where they had to search for a picture, upload it and change the original aspects of the picture, creating an entirely different picture, that was made their own. Changing the color, positioning, as well as using their own creativity to create a new picture.

Key Stage 2 Video Production

During the lesson, students were asked to finish planning and begin the video that they had been planning from the week before. During this lesson, Children were given an opportunity to get hands-on in using the software and gain a greater understanding of how it feels to sit in front of a camera, giving them an idea of how challenging it can be to edit a video and get it to flow the way they had envisioned. Next week we will look at completing the video and at how we can edit it so that it can be presented to the class.

Computing WB 16/10/23

In key stage 1 the children have been discussing different components of a computer, how they work, their purpose and also how they are similar and differentiate from various devices like the mouse and trackpad on a computer and laptop for example.
The children have also been practising their mouse skills using their laptops in class and have been tasked with creating self portraits and artwork using a paint programme. The quality of work produced has been fantastic throughout the phase.

In lower key stage 2 the children have been working on branching databases and how information can be stored in a way that is easy to find following a series of yes/no questions.
The children have been tasked with using an example database and using the yes/no question process and creating their own branching database both as a group activity and individually.

In upper key stage 2 the children have been learning about desktop publishing and communicating using computers. Year 5 has learned how different types of published content differ in both layout and content. The children have been tasked with creating a template for a newspaper article and then creating a newspaper story linked to OLSJ.
In year 6, the children have learned how to communicate over the internet using various formats such as emails, text messages and video calls etc.
Using the internet requires a message to be broken down into ‘packets’ and sent using IP addresses.

The children in year 6 were tasked with creating a fact file about a country of their choice with a partner. The challenge was to communicate with their partner via their laptops and not by speaking.