Children in Year 5 and 6 have been exploring how to use computer based programs to control physical objects. It is still early days but at the moment children have started to look at how motors and LEDs can be managed using computer program.
Key stage 2 classes have been visited by the Google Expeditions team. Each class had thirty minutes to explore various locations as part of their topic work. Some classes went to the moon and others went deep into the Ocean. Each ‘tour’ was led by class teachers and children had the opportunity to look around the location using the virtual reality headsets (Google Cardboard) to found out more information. Although the visit was a one-off, the virtual expeditions have complimented the work done in history, geography and science.
Some of our year 5 and 6 digital leaders have been very excited this week when we took delivery of the new 3D printer. The children worked together (reading the manual carefully!) to set up the printer and have been experimenting with the different settings and options ever since.
What has been especially impressive is their determination to solve problems when things did not work first time or something was unclear. Working as a team they were able to get the printer up and running pretty quickly. They are now starting to explore the software that comes with the printer and will be ready to design their own 3D products in no time!
Digital leaders are exploring the possible use of the 3D printer for year 5 and 6 lessons. This year 3D printing and 3D modelling was used in history (Egyptians).
Children in year 4 have been busy applying to become a Digital Leader when they start in year 5. Current digital leaders lead on the recruitment process and helped to shortlist written applications first. Once shortlisted children were invited to a short interview and an ICT based challenge.
Digital Leaders were impressed with all the applicants and found the process of narrowing down to the final group very difficult. Children had to talk about their views on eSafety, support younger children in school and demonstrate how they would help raise the profile of ICT and computing even more.
The new digital leaders have now been selected and are already hard at work setting up, testing and experimenting with the new Lego WeDo sets ready for next year.
Well done to everyone who applied and well done to all of those involved in the interview process.