Today was the final lesson of our learning to code using Sonic Pi. This has been a real learning experience for us as a class – going from knowing little to no music knowledge to being able to program Canon by Pachelbel. We started by learning how to recognise the keys on a piano or keyboard using GarageBand on our iPads.
After we had learned how to do this, we learned how to use the play / sleep functions of Sonic Pi to make notes. If you put two notes before a sleep it plays them together! This means you can program harmony.
Finally, we put all of this together to create the famous piece.
Today was Safer Internet Day and earlier in the day – Mr Dwyer had prepared an activity which was a little bit shocking! He had a computer on the screen and a person was talking to us through a messenger app. The first two people were genuine – the things they told us were true. However, the third person to speak to us made out that they were a member of staff from school and that they were contacting us to make sure we were okay with our homework. If we needed any help, they would come and meet us to make it easier… at first we thought it could have been one of our teachers but Mr Dwyer soon revealed that it wasn’t! We learned what information was not okay to share with strangers and that a stranger should be classed as anyone that we don’t know in real life.
Later in the afternoon we have had a visitor from Life Education. She came to teach us about the ways that people misuse the internet and how Cyber-bullying is a nasty problem faced by many children today. We used role play, videos and discussion to identify what cyber bullying was and how to report cyber bullying if we think it is going on. Here are our snaps from the afternoon:
This week was storytelling week and we arranged a storytelling and story sharing session in class.
Mr Dwyer started the session by sharing one of Steve Smallman’s amazingly funny stories Little Stinker!
We really enjoyed it. Then we went on to play The Sun shines on anyone…. using author names, series titles and stand alone books to get people moving. Each time a person didn’t get a seat, they had to share their favourite book with us. Here is a slideshow of the session:
In Science we have been learning about different changes. Some changes are physical – eg they may have changed shape but the substance is still the same. An example of this is Water turning to ice – its a definite change but the substance is still water. Sometimes, when a new substance is made, a chemical change has happened. These are usually irreversible – like making custard!
We did our own tests to see how different chemicals interacted and see if a chemical change happened. We used:
Bicarbonate of Soda
After we had done our small, class-based tests, Mr Dwyer took us outside for a supersized version! It was a lot of fun!
As you can see, we have been learning lots about the Vikings this half-term and in our final lesson, we were set the challenge of creating a dramatisation of the Viking battle sagas across the period. We covered:
The landing at Lindisfarne.
The set up of Danelaw.
The attack and destruction of Danelaw.
The revenge of Danelaw.
The battle of William – Duke of Normandy.
We had lots of fun and learned that the Vikings and the people of England weren’t in constant battle.
Vikings weren’t JUST raiders, when they were at home, they often had normal jobs. They would have a trade that they did to earn money. For things they could not do themselves, they would trade with others in their village or with other towns and cities as far as the countries of Europe.
We used research and role-play to bring the viking markets alive.
This half-term our ICT has been looking at using stop motion. Over the half term, we have used a range of techniques to create animation from a sequence of photographs. At the most primitive end, we used snapshots taken on our iPads to upload to a website called gifcreator.me this website allowed us to create gifs of the following standard:
We then learned about onion skin recording which is where a faint, ghost-like image remains so you can alighn the next frame. We switched to the Minecraft stop-motion app as this had onion skin built into the apps features. Unfortunately, it only allows export as a .mov file – which plays brilliantly on our iPads but requires converting to upload to our blog.
We are trying to compare how an egg’s shell behaves in water compared to acid (vinegar). What was interesting was that, within minutes, the egg in the vinegar was covered in tiny bubbles! We thing this is because the acid is dissolving the egg’s shell and gas is being released.
We will update next session to share our findings…
This half term we have been thinking about sharing and caring for our an environment. Today we were thinking about how to look after our environment by not littering. In groups we designed and made fun ways to throw away litter correctly, to encourage people to look after their environment. These designs included a basketball hoop bin, an alien head and even a catapult hand!
Over the last half term, our class have been learning how to use Scratch to create programs. We started with no knowledge what-so-ever and used a great graphic novel call Scratch Programming Adventure to help start us off (Chapters 1-3). After we had learned how to make sprites and create movement, we were ready to get more technical. We started to map buttons to movement code, program sprites to behave in a particular way when the ‘sensed’ other objects and learned to debug problems that we noticed along the way…
Now we are at the end of this unit, we have managed to create a number of different video games that we can play in pairs or fours.
Mr Dwyer chose the top coder’s work as this below:
He was impressed because, if the character moves across mud – it slows down! What an excellent addition!
Today we have taken part in a World Dot Day challenge. We are a little bit late with this but Dot Day is all about being creative! We decided to get creative with ICT art. We used the Quiver app on the iPad to create an augmented reality planet within a dot on a Quiver frame. The app the takes the image and creates a 3D orb that can be viewed through the use of the ipad. Below, the photographs show us designing our worlds and the clips below those show some of us exploring them. All of this wonderful work will contribute to a space display that is ‘Out of this world!’
Today we have been learning about the way that the Sun, Earth and Moon system works. We have learned that the Earth orbits the Sun every 365.25 days and that the Moon orbits Earth every 29 or so days. Indirectly you could say that the moon orbits the Sun too (because it orbits Earth – which is orbiting the Sun!) but this isn’t usually the case. So that we could show we understood the concepts we made models:
Also, we started to use our iPads to create gif stop-motion animations of the model in action (click the pic to see it work):
If you would like to make your own please use the link below:
Today we made space art using wax crayons and water based paint. Because the wax is waterproof, the paint couldn’t penetrate it to ruin the underlying colours. We used this to create an artistic representation of what a retro space probe may have sent back to Earth from the Pioneer 10 mission in 1974. We think our replicas are out of this world!