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Year 3 ICT



We went through some ICT quizzes and did an absolutely amazing job of discussing all the possible answers and understanding why the ones we had chosen were the correct ones!

After we had proven or computer prowess we headed back into independently searching for Carmen Sandiego using all the communication skills we have learnt this term!

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Using our skills in acquiring information from the internet we set upon a journey to discover the whereabouts of Paper Star who has stolen the keys to the Kremlin.

We had a look at the various clues given to us in the game where on Google Earth is Carmen Sandiego and used Google to search for the information given to us.

We then took the information and began to identify the common thread that linked the clues together and used this to correctly identify where in the world we had to jet of to next!

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Password security!

Making passwords can be a tricky task, especially one that is hard for the bad guys to break but easy for us to remember.

We started of making sure we were not writing down any of our real passwords, then we started to make what we thought might be a good 8-character long password.

We discussed why passwords such as “secret” or “password” and even “p455w0rd” are incredibly insecure and easy to crack.

We then ran these through

And had a look at how long our examples would take to break.

We then moved on to 10-character passwords!

We found that if we use 2 random words, numbers and some special characters we can create make a password that will take 100,000,000 years to crack J

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E-mail and Cyber Safety!

This week’s lesson was probably the most important as it was a recap on how to be safe whilst we are online.

We learnt that sometimes e-mails can promise amazing gifts and free items but may actually contain a virus or links to pages with malware.

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Year 3 are learning all about how e-mail works.

We all thought about the different ways in which we communicate with each other, we decided to look at the similarities and differences between letters and e-mails that we might send to our family and friends.

We learned that if we send a letter to another country it can take a long time to get there (sometimes 6 weeks!) and also cost a fair bit of money, especially if we sent a big present.

We looked back at our previous lessons about how computers use the internet to communicate with each other over long distances and how quick and simple this can be, we realized that e-mail is a much quicker and cheaper way to communicate with someone over a very long distance compared to a letter.

Then we made our own e-mails to send to our friends in class, we noticed that just like a letter we need an address in order for the e-mail to reach the correct person.

For further information, you can check out these links

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Finishing the Hunt for Carmen Sandiego and learning some Google tricks!

With half term holidays quickly approaching we decided to ramp up the search for Carmen and see if using Google Earth we could find her.

I am glad to say using our quick wits and web searching skills we found her located in the land of Kangaroos and glorious beaches.

We also had a quiz about cyber safety which I am very happy to say all of us aced J

See if you can get full marks à ß

Also as a holiday bonus try these google searches

“Do a barrel roll”

“Zerg rush”

“Atari breakout” ß  you have to go to image search after you type this one in

“google pacman”

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This week we began with an exercise designed to simulate the transfer of information across the internet!

We all pretended to be computers and using small ping and reply slips to show how a ping would work on a real computer we sent them all around the classroom remembering to put the name of the person we wanted to contact and our own name so they would know who to respond to.

We also made sure to make a small mark on the paper so we could count them up at the end to see how many computers it took to get to our destination.

These tools are available in the Network Utility app (

We used them to ping computers on our own network and then to ping google, after we used traceroute to see how many computers our messages went through to different computers all around the world!

We even used google maps and google earth to see some of the destinations we had been communicating with.


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We are currently learning about how the internet works and how computers communicate with each other.

IP addresses are essential for computers to communicate with each other and we investigated what these look like a how we can find them out using the ping command on both Mac OS and Windows.

The ping command is a very useful tool used by network administrators to test the reachability of hosts on a network.

On a Windows machine we need to access the command prompt, this can be found on windows 10 by pressing the windows key on the keyboard and typing “command” the pressing the enter key.

Once in command we can type “ping”, press the enter key and we should hopefully (if connected to the internet) start to get our results. You will notice only a certain number of requests are sent.

On mac we have to access a program called terminal, we can do this by opening finder and searching for “terminal” once we have it open we can type “ping” then the press the enter key to start getting some results. The difference between the ping command in terminal on a mac and in the command prompt on a windows machine is that the we need to tell the mac to stop pinging! This is achieved by pressing a combination of keys, these are the “ctrl” key and the letter “c” key. 


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Film Trailers!

Using the knowledge gained from previous weeks we had a look today at iMovie, we learned how to locate and open the app and navigate its menus to open up a template for a trailer!

We began by discussing the different types of devices that have wireless capabilities and with our talk partners we tried to see how many we could come up with.

We have learned a lot about filming including the different types of film shots and how to operate the ipad cameras. We have also looked at scripting and making storyboards in order to prepare properly before filming

Finally in the lesson we took to iMovie and had a play with the action trailer template!

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After we had outlined in our groups the ideas for our short films/reports we took to the playground to start filming!

Using our knowledge about camera angles and filming techniques we were able to get some great footage that we can edit in the future!

We have had reports of aliens using frost technology to send snow our way so wrap up warm :)

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Writing our script!

Every good report or film needs a good script, we wrote out the script including the types of angles we would use and got some great test footage.

The scripts and use of film language allows us to prepare and use the Ipads recording feature to bring some interesting and exciting ideas to life!

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Today we established what kinds of film shots we would be taking today from the hand outs and went over the rules for taking the ipads outside. 

We ventured out in our teams and tried to get as many of the camera shots we could so we would be ready to film next week! 

Everyone took some great footage and showed great memory skills when identifying the different camera shots and angles.



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We are Film makers!

We spent today learning about the various forms of camera shots that can be used when making a film.

We watched a short video describing the different types of shots film makers use.

Looking at this helpful guide can help remind us of the names we use for the different types of “camera shot”

We discussed the things we had seen in the video and explained between us why the certain camera shots might have the names they do. Then we started to think about what types of camera shots we might like to use in our short films.

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New Scratch!

Today we have looked at the new version of scratch online

We also discussed the differences between online and offline and how this may change what you can do on your computer, tablet or phone.

We also identified some different types of operating systems that are available such as Windows, MacOS and Android

We also learned that Scratch has an offline version that can be downloaded for Windows and MacOs so it can be used even when you are not online!