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Year 4 - Digital Learning Log

Spring 1 - Audio editing

Lesson 1 - E-Safety - How can we use search engines effectively?

The children will learn about stop words and the importance of effective key words when researching using a search engine. They will pick a research question and investigate this using the internet.

Lesson 2 - How can sound be recorded?

In this lesson, learners will identify the input devices used to record sound and output devices needed to listen to it. They will then record their voices using a computer, and reflect on what makes a good audio recording. Lastly, learners will consider ownership and copyright issues related to recordings.

Lesson 3 - How can audio recordings be edited?

In this lesson, learners will record and re-record their voices to improve their recordings. They will edit the recordings, removing long pauses and mistakes. Learners will also listen to a range of podcasts and identify the features of a podcast.

Lesson 4 - What are the different parts needed when creating a podcast project?

In this lesson, learners will record their voices and then import and align sound effects to create layers in their recordings. Learners will learn how to save their work so it remains editable. They will then plan their own podcast which they will work on in future lessons.

Lesson 5 - How can an audio recording be edited for a podcast?

In this lesson, learners will record the voice tracks for their podcast. They will review their recordings and re-record if necessary. Learners will edit, trim, and align their voice recordings, and then save their project so they can continue working on it in the next lesson.

Lesson 6 - How can audio be combined to enhance a podcast?

In this lesson, learners will develop their podcast further by adding content such as sound effects and background music. The audio will be layered with their existing voice recordings and exported as an audio file.

Autumn 2 - Logo coding

Lesson 1 - E-Safety - Is it okay to collect data?

Children will be collecting and presenting data, talking about how much time they spend on digital devices. They will explore how data can be collected. 

Lesson 2 - Why is accuracy important in programming?

This lesson will introduce pupils to programming in Logo. Logo is a text-based programming language where pupils type commands that are then drawn on screen. Pupils will learn the basic Logo commands, and will use their knowledge of them to read and write code.

Lesson 3 - How can we debug code in text-based programming?

Pupils will create algorithms (a precise set of ordered instructions, which can be turned into code) for their initials. They will then implement these algorithms by writing them in Logo commands to draw the letter. They will debug their code by finding and fixing any errors that they spot.

Lesson 4 - How can we use repetition effectively?

Pupils will first look at examples of patterns in everyday life. They will recognise where numbers, shapes, and symbols are repeated, and how many times repeats occur. They will create algorithms for drawing a square, using the same annotated diagram as in Lesson 2. 

Lesson 5 - How can we predict the outcome?

Pupils will work with count-controlled loops in a range of contexts. First, they will think about a real-life example, then they will move on to using count-controlled loops in regular 2D shapes. They will trace code to predict which shapes will be drawn, and they will modify existing code by changing values within the code snippet.

Lesson 6 - How can we break a problem down into smaller parts?

Pupils will focus on decomposition. They will break down everyday tasks into smaller parts and think about how code snippets can be broken down to make them easier to plan and work with. They will learn to create, name, and call procedures in Logo, which are code snippets that can be reused in their programming.

Lesson 1 - E-Safety - Key Question: How do we know if something we view is real or fake?

Looking at photo shopped images, children are going to make some images that are not real. The children are to understand that they need to be vigilant when online, as not everything is as it seems. Photos can easily be edited. They will then explore fake news by creating their own fake webpage on Purple Mash and explore a range of E-Safety acitivities based on fake content.

Lesson 2 - Key Question: How can a digital image be changed?

In this lesson, you will introduce learners to the concept of editing images. They will go on to explore when we need to rotate and crop an image as well as how to use an image editor to make these changes. Learners will then discuss image composition.

Lesson 3 - Key Question: What effects do different colours have on your thoughts and feelings?

In this lesson, learners will look at the effect that different colours and filters can have on an image. They will choose appropriate effects to fit a scenario, and explain how they made their choices. They will then edit the images using different effects to suit two different scenarios.

Lesson 4 - Key Question: What are the benefits of cloning in photo editing?

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the cloning tool and its use in both changing the composition of a photo and photo retouching. They will see how parts of a photo can be removed or duplicated using cloning. Learners will consider what parts of an image can be retouched and learn techniques to make this as unnoticeable as possible. Finally, they will consider when it is necessary to edit photographs in this way.

Lesson 5 - Key Question: Why might photos be edited?

In this lesson, students learn how to use different tools to select areas of an image. Learners then use copy and paste within one image and between two images to produce a combined image. Finally, learners will consider when it’s appropriate to edit an image and discuss some of the ethics around retouching photos.

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