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Today with year 3 I decided to take advantage of the good weather and take the class out for some CSUnplugged. The idea of the lesson was simple, computers love patterns and they had to think like computers in a number of pattern challenges. I split this into 3 areas:

  • Pattern creating to make a task simpler
  • Pattern spotting/understanding
  • Debugging a pattern

We started with using any objects they could find on the field to create different patterns with varying degrees of complexity. The kids needed a push at first to understand the could use ANYTHING they could find, but when they saw me working with group moving some pallets they got the idea! The idea was for them to be creative as possible, making patterns with varying degrees of steps and complexities.

When they’d had a go at this we then took turns to walk around the field looking for patterns left by other groups. The idea of computers spotting patterns and using them clicked with this activity. The groups walked round the field trying to find them, work out what the pattern was (decode) and add another step to it. We even had the opportunity to debug if the wind had blown some of their work away! This meant either finding the pieces, or trying to work out where the previous group had gone wrong.

The kids loved the activity and the weather was great for it. It’s one of the first times I’ve tried to teach computing outside of my room or without a robot. I really enjoyed it and would recommend it!

 

Last week I posted about my plans for the curriculum in Key Stage 1, and how I was going to meet the criteria with lesson ideas. It seemed like a popular post, and as I have done the same for Key Stage 2 I would be a shame not to pop it on the site.

As with the format before I have included it in a mind map for you to explore and search through. The map is split up into the 4 main sections of Digital Media, Programming, Data Handling and Technology in our lives. Having this variety of learning areas means pupils take part in a wide range of activities, making the learning fun and accessible. I have tried to include a number of different equipment types, not just the computers. This included things like digital cameras, ipod/ipads, and Lego robots. While your school might not have these available yet, there are other cheaper options to give the pupils similar experiences.

Hope you find this useful, and please share it around.

 

 

Hi everyone, been a while since my last post. I had the summer away from everything school and tech, my eyes needed to recuperate!

streetmap

But I’m back and that’s the most important thing! My 1st little resource is one that I used a lot over the holidays. www.streetmap.co.uk is a great little website that uses the Ordnance Survey maps at different scales. The advantage of using this site it that it doesn’t have any data allowances. Users of the OS website will know that often searches can not be made as their daily usage allowance has been met. ┬áthis can be even more frustrating if you’re using it in the classroom, nothing worse than the tech letting you down. Give it a go!

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