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Year 6

Year 6 ICT


We are making adverts!

Today we used all the skills we have learnt over the year to develop an advert for the end of year production.

We used Pages (on the Macs), Powerpoint and iPads to create posters flyers and videos advertising the Year 6 Production of SING!

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Yearbook planning!

Today we started to look at the word processor for the Mac operating system called Pages.

It is a very useful tool that will allow us to place text and images together in order to make a visually appealing and interesting digital yearbook.

We started off with the basics and began by opening a template document so we could get a feel for the user interface, here we found how to edit the text style, colour and font.

After this we moved onto manipulating images by changing their position and opacity of the template images followed by placing our own images in that we sourced from the royal park website.

If you want to have a go yourself on a Mac here is a handy guide

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This week after the excitement and saturation of the school trip we are back to work on our digital year book!

The various groups teamed up and set off to gather quotes and pictures whilst our art directors and cover designers started work on the first drafts that would guide the overall design and aesthetics of the digital yearbook.

We managed to get some choice quotes from our very own Head and we look forward to importing and formatting the images and text next week!

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Digital Yearbook

We are going to make our own year book!

We first had a chat about what we will need to put into our book and what the job role will be.

We then had a look at this site

We will utilise all the skills we have attained across the year to help make a memorable digital yearbook.

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Planning a trip!

Today we decided to have a look at planning a trip, this could be anywhere in the world.

We first started by identifying the things that we would need, such as plane tickets, hotel accommodation as well as money for food and gifts.

So we had a look at some tools that would help us plan this out such as

This allows us to pick pretty much anywhere in the world and see what kinds of attractions and places of interest are in the local area. We investigated the different views that can be accessed by google maps and enjoyed using street view to look around some far flung locales.

Having used maps we thought why not have a look at google earth J

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Communicating Digitally

This term we are learning about how we communicate with each other digitally.

Computers communicate in a different way to humans and we explored what this data might look like.

Here is a great video explaining how an old photo image is turned into a digital version so it can be transmitted digitally via e-mail.

We then had a look at what an image file looks like if you open it up in notepad, and how if you change even a small amount of the data inside it can make it impossible to open the file again.

We made our own codes in order to communicate with the people on our tables, but we soon realised that if we wanted to communicate with the other tables in the class room we would need to establish some kind of universal code that we all agreed upon.

This is when we looked at Unicode which is a computing industry standard for the consistent encoding, representation, and handling of text expressed in most of the world's writing systems.

Have a look at all the different characters we can display on our computers

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The final countdown!

We have finished filming ( nearly J ) and so have begun the editing process.

Firstly we began importing our scenes and selecting the ones we are happy with and then re-filming any pieces that we may not have been 100% happy with.

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Film editing

The lesson today was focused on taking the excellent footage that we had shot last week and importing it into iMovie and also completing any complex scenes or shots for the final scenes in preparation for presenting next week.

We learned how to use the usb cable to interface with the mac books and import the video footage, we remembered to make sure that when requested to trust the computer to allow it access to the iPad we were sure it was us that had instigated the action.

Once in iMovie it was a simple case of starting a new movie project and then dragging and dropping the footage onto the time line!

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Today, as the weather presented us the perfect opportunity we ventured outside to film.

We first listed of all the things we would need such as our scripts, shot lists, cameras (that came in the form of iPads) and most importantly ourselves as we would most definitely need camera people and actors.

We took to the play area adjacent from our classrooms as it provided the most diverse scenery and armed with our helpful outline of the different shots we could use, began filming.

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Today we carried on with learning the basics of Imovie so we are ready to start editing when we finally film, due to adverse weather conditions we decided to stay in the classroom today and focus on creating trailers using Imovie and we had some great trailers at the end!

We utilised an app called Photo Booth found on the Mac Operating system and this allowed us to get pictures and import them into Imovie, we also used some images carefully sourced from online using the skills we had learnt in a previous term for the World War 2 documentary project.

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This week we planned out our ideas for our projects, the short films are a mixture of different genres ranging from comedy to spooky and also a couple of documentaries based on our current topic World War 2.

We discussed what elements make up the different genres and the groups planned the main story points and shared them with the class.

Imovie is the film editing software that we will be using so we had a quick look at it and some of the trailer templates already available in it.

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Investigating adverts!

Today we looked at advertising and how promotional videos are put together.

We analysed some posters from WW2 and discussed how they were designed to get their ideas across to the public.

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Text to speech, Music and using what we have learnt this term to make our own project!

Today we looked at a couple of new tools that can be located in the extensions bar on the left hand side of the scratch interface.

We used the text to speech tool to create different types of voices to use in our projects, and we had a look at the instrument tools and realized that with the use of loops and wait commands we would be able to construct our own music.

Armed with all the lessons about using computers to automate tasks for us we set about using the ideas and concepts to start creating our own projects.

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Today we used our knowledge in scratch to better understand the use of the pen tool and how when we utilized it with loops and random positioning we could use the computer to draw out a rainbow effect.

After we had figured out the code we started to mess about with the different options in order to make the lines thicker or thinner and see what would happen if we change the algorithms that governed positioning.

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We made a program in scratch that would think of a random number between 1 and a 100 which we would then have to guess.  The final code for which can be found

Here ( )

The idea to was to utilize the algorithm we had devised a few weeks back to minimise the amount of guesses.

We also looked again at variables and what they can be used for and how they make the code we wrote today behave.


Code example



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Scratch 3.0

Today was all about how to access and successfully complete a tutorial in scratch, we chose

Each group was given the freedom to pick a tutorial they felt would help them in next week’s lesson and some amazing work was produced, from short adventure games using dialogue boxes to games using variables to define scores and using the cameras to create augmented reality clicker games!

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Scratch Update

Taking a quick break from using computers to help us find things I decided it was high time to look at the new and improved scratch.

The new scratch offers a new host of easy to follow tutorials and because the user interface has changed somewhat from the old one we are all used to, I thought it would be fun to see if we could follow along and revisit some old code.

We also discussed what a variable is and how it can be used to keep score in a simple but fun clicker style game.



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Random and linear searches

The children began by trying to think of the most effective ways in which to guess a number between 1 and 127, they also had to guess it using only 8 guesses!

They began by trying to guess at random but soon realized this was not the most effective method and even with unlimited attempts realised it would take a long time unless of course they were very lucky.

Together as a class they established an algorithm ( ) to help them maximize their chances at getting the correct number.

After this they tried to apply the rules to guess a number between 1 and 1000.

Then in their pairs / groups they played the same game writing down the algorithms they were using.
We then went through some code to see if we could arrange it to make it work at guessing a number we came up with, the code (made in scratch) can be found at the following website addresses, why don’t you see if you can have a go at solving them?

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