Week 6: Coding!

What an exciting week in Info Lit we had! We have been continuing to learn all about coding and guess what? We’re getting pretty good! This week we completed two different rotations to practice our programming skills.

Rotation 1: BeeBot and BlueBot App
We started with the yellow BeeBot app which works just the same as an actual BeeBot! We had to program the BeeBot to make its way through the garden to reach the flower. It was tricky at first, especially when using the 90 degree right and left turns! Sometimes we forgot that the up/down arrows actually make the BeeBot go forward and backwards! But we all managed to make it to the most difficult levels and collect almost all of the stars! Well done everyone!
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BeeBot app is free to download on the iPad. If you have a computer at home, you can click here to play at home!

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We completed these levels!

Rotation two: BeeBots and pathways
We continued practising our programming using BeeBots with a partner. We had to program our BeeBots using one long sequence, to follow pathways to reach our partners.

Well done everyone!

Miss Crowther

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Term 4 catch up!

Wowzer! What a busy Term 4 we’ve had! So busy that we completely forgot to post a blog! We have so many exciting things to share about our learning in Term 4, so let’s recap on what we’ve done so far…

Mrs. Bartholemeusz and Miss. Crowther have introduced us to exciting new ideas from the new Digital Technology curriculum, including coding and programming! In particular, we’ve looked at directional coding.

We’ve been using the Kodable app to introduce the basics of computer programming. Kodable has taught us about sequences and algorithms, conditional expressions and loops and patterns. If you have a computer at home, you can keep practising your coding on Kodable here!

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We’ve also been very excited to use the BeeBots, which are small robotic bees!

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As you can see below, the BeeBot is very simple to program, with left, right, forward and backward options. You can program a BeeBot up to 40 steps!

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We have had time to experiment with the BeeBots and get to recognise how far they travel in one movement or turn.

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We’ve also been able to create pathways for them and program them to travel specific routes.

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Next week we are excited to be exploring the BeeBot Yellow app as well as the BeeBot maps!

Miss Crowther

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Pig the Pug iPad activity

This weeks iPad activity was based on the story ‘Pig the Pug’ by Aaron Blabey. We discussed what a moral was and how some stories have a moral in them that teach us something. The moral of Pig the Pug is that it is always best to share with others.

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Using our iPads, we created a slideshow in Shadow puppet with drawings of Pig and Trevor and recorded what we thought was the moral of the story. This week, we also learnt how to add text in Shadow Puppet!

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Pig the Pug

This week we read ‘Pig the Pug’ by Aaron Blabey. Pig is a selfish pug who will not share his food or toys with old sausage dog Trevor. Trevor suggests to Pig that sharing his toys will be fun but Pig still does not share. Pig gets what coming to him in the most glorious way which makes Pig learn his lesson and decide sharing his food and toys is very enjoyable.

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After reading the book, we made our own version of Pig the Pug where we cut out eyes, mouths and noses to stick on and used lots of colours!

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Mrs Matthews

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The Bad Guys and Shadow Puppet

This weeks iPad activity was based on the Aaron Blabey book called ‘The Bad Guys Episode one’. Mr Wolf, Mr Shark, Mr Piranha and Mr Snake complete a mission to rescue 200 dogs from the dog pound in hope of becoming good guys.

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We first drew Mr Snake, Mr Shark and Mr Piranha into the Drawing Pad App. Our drawings were very creative and since ‘The Bad Guys’ book is a comic, our pictures were also in black and white.

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Once we had saved our three pictures to our camera roll, we were ready to create a slideshow using Shadow Puppet. Shadow Puppet allows us to upload our pictures from our camera roll and add a voice recording to create a little story. shadow pupptWe uploaded our pictures of Mr Shark, Mr Snake and Mr Piranha and the voice recordings that we added were what we thought the characters responses would be to the question ‘How did it feel to be the good guys for once, fellas?’

 

 

Mrs Matthews

 

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The Bad Guys Episode 1

This week we read another of Aaron Blabley books called ‘The Bad Guys’. Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark sound like bad guys, look like bad guys and even smell like bad guys! But, they are about to change all of that. Mr Wolf comes up with a daring plan to become good guys and change their reputation.

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Mr Wolf, Mr Piranha, Mr Snake and Mr Shark complete their mission to rescue 200 dogs from the pound. Mr Wolf says

Aw, C’MON!

You loved it! I KNOW you did!

Tell me the truth-didn’t it feel great to be the GOOD GUY for once?

Tell me how it felt, fellas…

Students had to draw the snake, shark and piranha and include what they thought their responses to Mr Wolf’s question might be!

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If I could have one wish…

This week we read Sunday Chutney, a girl who moves around the world because of her parents work. This means she is the new girl at school all the time and has to make new friends. If Sunday Chutney had one wish, it would be to stay in the one home.

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We thought about what we would wish for if we had one wish and using the Drawing Pad App, we drew what we would wish for. We would wish for pets, motorbikes, play dates and lots more. We then used Shadow Puppet to upload our drawings and add our voice, recording what we would wish for.

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Sunday Chutney

This week we read the first of the Aaron Blabey books ‘Sunday Chutney’. Sunday Chutney has lived all over the world! Moving around a lot means she is always the new kid at school and never really has a place to call home. If she had one wish it would be to always have the same home.

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We then thought about what we would wish for if we had one wish! We drew what we would wish for with lots of beautiful colours and pictures and really hope our wishes comes true.

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Aaron Blabey Books

This term the Year Ones will be reading picture books written by Aaron Blabey. Aaron Blabey has published many award winning picture books, including Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley, Sunday Chutney, Pig and the Pug and The Bad Guys. Aaron Blabey’s picture books use simple language and illustrations and focuses on children and their relationships.

 The Book Creator app will be our focus on the iPads. The students will create pages that include drawings, text, photo/video and sound.

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Parsley Rabbit’s Book of Books

Welcome back to Term 3. This week we learnt about the different parts of a book. We read Parsley Rabbit’s Book about Books written by Frances Watts and illustrated by David Legge.

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Parsley Rabbit showed us all the different parts of a book- front cover, back cover, endpapers, title, imprint page, author, illustrator, page numbers and blurb. We then matched some of the parts of the book to their purpose.

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We explored a new app Book Creator and started to learn how to insert texts, add photos and videos, record and add sounds, and create and upload drawings. We will continue to experiment with Book Creator throughout the term!

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