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October 30, 2016: Try a Victorian Quiz
What a pleasant surprise to discover that during the half term Jake created his own Victorian quiz using 2DIY in PurpleMash. Can you get all the answers to his questions right?

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Fantastic work Jake. Well done!

October 17, 2016: Shapes in Scratch
Wow - what an amazing class of programmers are in class 7. Today they were challenged to create a programme that would let them move a character around the screen, and then draw a shape when they pressed specific keys. They all worked really hard and learnt lots of new skills. This was the screen of instructions that Roxy and Omari finished up with.

October 4, 2016: Programming Success
Class7 completed their programming unit of work today and were given a challenge to use 'Logo' to make a complicated shape by typing just one word. After a lot of thinking about forward, backward, left, right and "procedures" they began to solve the challenge. Congratulations to Sarah and Carly who were the first group to successfully create the shape using a "procedure" they called 'box'.

July 20, 2016: Movie Time
Over the past term the children in class 7 and class 3 have been planning special film projects in their computing lessons. Every pupil in each class has been involved in one way or another, as we initially began with a discussion about what type of film should be made. The children watched some examples that children had created in previous years - the brilliant silent movie films, some examples of greenscreen films, and also how SpecialFX could be used within a film. As a class they each came up with the idea for science fiction films (at this point Mr. W quietly shook his head thinking this would be too difficult to do). In class 7 they chose Lewis to storyboard their ideas and put it together to tell a story, and then began to write a script involving a range of characters. A director was chosen (Mollie) who then had the role of listening to budding actors audition before selecting a group of children to take on the roles in the movie. Other children were given other roles as part of the project; there was a prop master who needed to make sure we had the items mentioned in the script. there was a cameraperson whose job was to record all the scenes for the movie. there were editors who would have to put all the scene clips together, cut bits out, add extra sound effects and make the film look awesome and of course there were 'extras' who would be needed within some of the scenes of the movie. Well, it's taken a little longer than we anticipated - mainly due to other events that have taken our computing time away - but I'm pleased to say they've completed their masterpieces.

July 11, 2016: Printing the Future
As part of our ever developing computing curriculum, we were excited this week to receive our latest piece of technology: a 3D printer. This amazing device allows us to print out 3D objects that can be held, examined, coloured and be amazed by. We already have a great piece of software within our PurpleMash online resource that allows pupils to create 3D designs of cars, trucks, lorries, buses, trains, houses, and various other 3D shapes. It's called '2Design&Make' (you'll find it in the 'tools' section of PurpleMash) and now, with our new 3D printer, we can take those pupil designs and make physical copies that can be held and coloured. In September there are plans to use this within lessons, and at other times across the curriculum too. We've tested it with a PurpleMash vehicle, as well as an ornamental vase, and Mrs Ingle has asked for a special object related to her class and a lesson topic... A PurpleMash car | 3D vase being printed | Completed vase

June 11, 2016: eSafety poster competition winners
Congratulations to Adam, year 6 and Ellie, year 4 for winning the esafety poster competition. Both pupils have had their artwork printed into full size posters which will displayed around the school.They are both fab and promote an important message.

November 14, 2015: Wow, such creativity computing
The talented children with the help of the talented Mr Widdowson have created a computer programme for our new rainforest reading area. I am astounded at their skills and knowledge it is outstanding. They have managed to use their knowledge to write a programme to create rainforest noises, using sensors and trigger plates. Wow I am blown away by the talent. Creative Computing from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Posted with Blogsy

November 11, 2015: An egg discovery
Class 6 have recorded their own news reports about the discovery of the giant egg in our school on Monday. They filmed, directed and used iMovie to create these reports. You are very talented Class 6, well done. The Mystery Egg from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. The egg discovery from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. The eggcellent egg from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Unusual news from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Egg discovery from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Eggciting discovery from Porchester Junior on Vimeo. Posted with Blogsy

November 5, 2015: Making Mazes
For the last half term class 7 have been busy learning how to make their own computer game mazes. They've worked really hard and created some wonderful mazes. Try Abdul's Minecraft maze... Your browser does not support iframes. Minnie's Hallowe'en Maze; Your browser does not support iframes. Play FreyaW's maze | Play Amelia's maze | Play EvieE's maze | Play May's maze | Play MollieG's maze | Play Lucy's maze | Play Hermione's maze | Play Shannon's maze | Play Noah's maze | Play Owen's maze | Play Lewis' maze | Play Adam's maze

October 8, 2015: Algorithms
This week, Class 6 have been learning about algorithms in computing. Before we start to create our algorithms on the laptops we had to think about what we need to do to make this happen. We learnt that algorithms are the same as creating instructions that need to be followed. To try and get us thinking about how a computer would do this we created a set of instructions in a flow diagram. Working in pairs, everyone had the challenge to sort a box of smarties into colours. I am so impressed with you all Class 6, brilliant working out. Well done. Posted with Blogsy

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