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Year 6 - Digital Learning log

Spring 1 - Computer Systems and networks - Communication

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

The children will learn about Boolean operators, safe search and advanced search features of search engines. They will race against time to research questions. They can present their new learning in a PowerPoint.

Lesson 2 - Why are internet addresses important?

Learners explore what is necessary for effective communication and the importance of agreed protocols. They apply this understanding to IP addresses and the rules (protocols) that computers have for communicating with one another.

Lesson 3 - How is data transferred across the internet?

Learners are introduced to the concept of packets. They complete an activity based on transferring an image across the internet, to see that as well as messages (text), other types of data (images, video, and audio) are also transferred over the internet.

Lesson 4 - How can sharing information online help people to work together?

Learners consider how people can work together when they are not in the same location. They discuss ways of working and complete a collaborative online project.

Lesson 5 - How do we use different ways of working together online

Learners are introduced to another approach to online working: reusing and modifying work done by someone else.

Lesson 6 - How do we communicate using technology?

Learners deepen their understanding of the term ‘communication’. They explore different methods of communication, before they consider internet-based communication in more detail.

Lesson 7 - What are the differences between methods of communicating online?

Learners use information provided in the lesson and their own prior knowledge to categorise different forms of internet communication.

Lesson 1 - E-Safety - At what age should someone use Social Media?

Learners will investigate Children's rights by the UN. Social media protection, identifying what they have seen, etc. Children will investigate ages restrictions on social media websites and apps. They will create a PowerPoint showcasing their research.

Lesson 2 - What is a video?

Learners will be introduced to video as a media format. They will see examples of videos featuring production and editing techniques that they will work towards using their own videos. Learners will begin by explaining what the medium of video is before analysing and comparing examples of videos.

Lesson 3 - What different filming techniques are there?

Learners will explore the capabilities of a digital device that can be used to record video. Once they are familiar with their device, learners will experiment with different camera angles, considering how different camera angles can be used for different purposes.

Lesson 4 - Why is it important to plan?

Learners will use a storyboard to explore a variety of filming techniques, some of which they will use in their own video project later in the unit. They will evaluate the effectiveness of these techniques before offering feedback on others’ work.

Lesson 5 - Why is it important to identify different filming techniques?

Learners will plan a video by creating a storyboard. Their storyboard will describe each scene, and will include a script, camera angles, and filming techniques. Learners will use their storyboards to film the first scene of their videos.

Lesson 6 - How can we edit a video?

Learners will film the remaining scenes of their video, and then import their content to video editing software. They will then explore key editing techniques and decide whether sections of their video can be edited or need to be shot again.

Lesson 1 - E-Safety - Key Question: What is fake news?

Discussion on that some content online is purposefully there to trick you, e.g. fake news.

Children create a ‘fake news’ social media campaign to attract more children to our schools instead of other schools in the area.

Lesson 2 - Key Question: How could we collect data?

Learners will collect and organise data in a format of their choice. They will then explore how data can be structured in a table. Finally they will input data into a spreadsheet.

Lesson 3 - Key Question: What is an item of data?

Learners will develop their understanding of the structure of a spreadsheet. They will be introduced to cell references, data items and the concept of formatting cells. Learners will see data items formatted in different ways, they will then choose formats for data items before applying formats in their own spreadsheet. The children collected data by searching how far the school was from a range of attractions around the country. They then formated these columns and added forumlas to work out the total cost.

Lesson 4 - Key Question: How can formulas help in the real world?

Learners will begin to use formulas to produce calculated data. They will understand that the type of data in a cell is important (e.g. numbers can be used in calculations whereas words cannot). Learners will create formulas to use in a spreadsheet using cell references and identify that changing inputs will change the output of the calculation.

Lesson 5 - Key Question: How can formulas help in the real world?

Learners will calculate data using the operations of multiplication, subtraction, division, and addition. They will use these operations to create formulas in a spreadsheet. Learners will then begin to understand the importance of creating formulas that include a range of cells and the advantage of duplicating in order to apply formulas to multiple cells.

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