Year 4 Autumn 2 2019 Computer Science: Computational Thinking and Conditional Formatting

In Year 4, thirty children were delighted with the opportunity to have the Head of Computer Science from Neatherd: Mr Gibson, introduce us to Computational Thinking.

Week 1

We started off the session by playing bingo.  Mr Gibson gave each child a different grid with 0’s in different cells.  As he read the co-ordinates out to us we had to mark them off on the sheets.  The first child to win the game was delighted as Mr Gibson was reading the co-ordinates very fast and we all had to keep up!

The children were keen to demonstrate their skills and were able to complete the second activity with aplomb!  They were tasked to create a drawing on a grid and then write the co-ordinates of each cell.  Mr Gibson then told them to pass their instructions but not their drawing to someone the other side of the room.  They all then attempted to follow each other’s instructions to duplicate each other’s drawings, some were very accurate, some discovered the instructions needed tweaking and others had not followed the instructions implicitly.  Lots of hilarity ensued when the instructions and drawings were displayed.

Week 2

This week Mr Gibson brought two very professional and able Year 10 students to assist with the topic of Conditional Formatting.  The children were delighted to welcome Mr Gibson back for a second week and were keen to get started on the new lesson.

Mr Gibson gave the children a warm up exercise in which they had to colour a grid following the co-ordinates on the paper, they had to remember that each comma meant they had to leave a cell blank.  It was very impressive to see the concentration and focus from all the children – well done Year 4’s.

The main activity required intense concentration from the children as .listened intently to the instructions on how to change the colour of a cell (pixel) using conditional formatting.    One child was so competent with his new found skill that he created an image of a dog on the grass with a brilliant blue sky.

Yet another fantastic learning experience! Year Four would like to extend a huge than you to Mr Gibson and his assistants.