Heathrow Primary School, Harmondsworth Lane, Sipson, West Drayton, Middlesex, UB7 0JQ
For this term in ICT the Year 3 children became ‘bug fixers’. In this unit they have learnt about the different types of programming errors and how they affect programs. They were exposed to a great deal of bugs in Scratch including off by one errors in loops, perfomance of the circle drawing program and experimenting with the speed variable in a racing car simulator. They were able to correctly debug these problems to ensure the programs ran as intended.
This term in Computing Year 3 have explored the tools in Scratch to create an animation of the nursery rhyme Jack be Nimble. They familiarised themselves with Scratch and understood how blocks in Scratch can be put into a sequence to create the nursery rhyme Jack be Nimble. The children chose their own sprite from the library and added dialogue to their sprite. Children made their sprite say a short nursery rhyme, one line at a time, by snapping multiple say blocks together. They used the motion blocks so their sprite can glide across the screen in particular positions. Then the children selected and edited their own backdrop and their sprite’s costume. Once the children completed their animation they had the opportunity to peer assess their peers work.