After recalling what an algorithm is, the class wrote an algorithm using standard flowchart shapes and symbols. Next the children used Scratch, following a tutorial - to make a chase game.
They used a range of skills: designing, selecting code blocks, testing, evaluating and at every stage debugging.
Look out for a form after half term to join Essex library - for free. Books cost a lot of £££ so why not jump into a book from the library or explore their online resources too. Support our local library - 800 have closed in the UK since 2010 - if don't use it we could lose it.
We began by learning to tie a basic knot and then tying shoe laces. Afterwards, the children, in pairs, took part in a team challenge.
As part of the Law and Order theme, pupils had to plan a learning experience. They had to consider what to do; how to teach it; safety; support and challenge for their pupils - and then teach it, whilst maintaining order and discipline. Not as easy as it looks. They all did a wonderful job.
We investigated pushing and pulling forces. How do you make things move? How do things move greater or lesser distances? How do things slow down or stop?
Once upon a time, under a visualiser or on the board, some clever children made puppets and backgrounds to tell stories. "Aren't we clever!" said the children. "Let's do it again next year."
The class used lolly stick puppets with reversable faces and even some string hair let down through a window in a paper tower. Clap, clap, clap!
We learned about how enslaved people have been used in Europe, Asia, Africa and North America for thousands of years and how people in the 19th century like Harriet Tubman in the USA and William Wilberforce in England, although two very different people - made significant changes to the lives of enslaved people in their own time but in history.