The students in Year 2 have been working hard at programming in their Digital Gamers unit. This week we introduced and explored two programming apps, Hopscotch and Daisy the Dinosaur.
Each of these apps used the basic principles they learned from Scratch. They applied this knowledge by manipulating characters and objects by sequencing their commands. We were also able to explore debugging their code sequences to achieve their desired results.
I must say that Daisy really proved to be a winner with the kids!
Scratch is a programming language where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab.
Our children are going to have a go at replicating the ‘Hungry Shark’ game that we
showed them at the beginning of our sessions.
Our initial session focused on getting the children to complete the instructions and then test their games to see whether they work. The shark should have been animated (chomping) and swim back and forth across the screen following the mouse pointer. We extended this by adding an animated fish that would be eaten by the shark.
This was also a good teaching moment to explain how even tiny mistakes can stop the game from working correctly because the computer cannot think for itself; it needs accurate instructions which it will follow exactly in sequence. Checking for mistakes in a script or program is called debugging and this is an essential skill that all computer programmers need to learn.
We will continue our programming to make or fish regenerate and and to keep score! The kids needless to say where very happy and excited with their initial sessions and cannot wait to see their finished game in action!
The children in Dove Class had super Science fun this week. We carried out an experiment into the effects of fizzy and other drinks on our teeth. We made predictions and backed them up with our scientific knowledge. Most people thought that cola would be the worse drink for our teeth as it is coloured and has lots of sugar. We will collect our results on Monday!
Today we went outside to explore the habitat around our school. It was interesting to see what animals live in our local area. We found evidence of rabbits, mice, moles, spiders and many insects. The different colours of bird feathers also indicated that lots of different species of birds must live close by.
The children have been doing an amazing job this week, sharing their PowerPoints to their friends and family. The children have worked tremendously hard over past four weeks to add text, images, graphs, diagrams and animations. These features enhanced the quality of their finished PowerPoints. They have developed their ICT skills whilst consolidating their learning about the Rainforest. Well Done Dove Class!
Philip and Amy Rose came to visit us here at the ISB. They are Scientists from SciTech in the UK. They helped bring science to life for the children of Dove Class. We made ice cream using liquid nitrogen and used our knowledge of forces to pull a car across the school field! It was an amazing experience! Check out our photos to see the fun!