Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Year 4 Computing

Ash and Birch have been hard at work learning all things excel on their Chromebooks. They can now navigate the Google drive quickly, and use google docs and google slides. 

This week they have been using Google sheets to find, present and analyse data.This was linked to our Geography rainforest topic. The children first used a search engine to find out the size of some rainforests. They then used this data to create bar charts. 

They learned how to give the chart a title, label the different axis and changed the colours. They then realised that when the data changed - so did the graph!

It was like magic, I changed a number then my graph changed itself! exclaimed Vinnie

I made mine have 3D bars it looks so cool. I bet if you work in an office you could do this. It's much easier than drawing it! said Archie

The children were also able to spot mistakes in their data collection, proving they are very reflective learners. When analysing each others data, Sabeer spotted something strange in his partner's work... This in turn prompted James to realise his data collection must have been inaccurate. (See below)

"No this can't be right, the Amazon isn't smaller than the Congo! I need to check my numbers!"  James

This reflective behaviour from James really impressed Miss Estall. He then was able to go back to his search engine to check and correct his data. Super work I am sure you will agree!

The children will be continuing to use the internet and GSuite to ensure they are able to safely and accurately collect,present and analyse data which in keeping with the computing, geography and maths curriculum.

Key stage 2 Computing curriculum

Pupils should be taught to: 

  design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts 
 use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output 
 use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs 
 understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration 
 use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content 
 select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information 
 use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact

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