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What are viruses and malware?

Welcome to Dance Mat Typing, a fun way to learn touch typing.

There are four levels to play, each divided into three stages.

You start by learning the home row keys. Each stage builds on previous lessons, introducing new letters as you progress. You’ll soon be touch typing like an expert! At the end of each level you can test your typing speed and get a fun reward.

 

You can also test your typing skills on Purple Mash.

 

Work your way through the games below. 

How do the internet and search engines work?

The BBC Own It keyboard and app

During lockdown you may be spending much more time online, using your phone to chat with friends and family, and even doing your schoolwork. The Own It app will help you to make smart choices, feel more confident, and get advice when you need it.

 

The Own It app helps you take control of your online life.

Download from your Apple or GooglePlay store. As you’re under 13, make sure your parent or guardian has given you permission first.

 

Barefoot is a great resource to help guide you through the fundamental parts of the computing curriculum without the need for screen time. Everything you need to get started can be found below with activity sheets and accompanying materials.

 

Mini missions

Here you will find quick, easy to do mini activities providing fun ideas to help you get practising your computational thinking skills.

What is computational thinking?

Computational thinking is about learning to solve problems, with or without a computer. These problem-solving skills not only support the computing curriculum in primary school, but also play a part in other subjects, from maths to PE, and can even be applied in everyday life! 

Interactive learning games

Barefoot have also created some fantastic online games for you to explore. These fun activities are Barefoot inspired and apply computational thinking concepts to promote learning while playing.

 

Click on the games below to be taken to the website. 

   

How do we get computers to do what we want?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/articles/zht4kmn

This term we will be using Purple Mash to deliver our computing curriculum.

We will be focusing on coding.

As we have never used Purple Mash for this before you will need to work through the activities, so instead of setting 2Dos for each activity click on the computing link.

Then 2Code.

First work through the Chimp activities. There will be a video that accompanies each activity.

If you complete all of these activities you can move onto Gibbons.  

There is no rush to complete these activities. 

This resource has been created to support parents during Covid-19 and the closure of schools. Each fortnight, they will be releasing new home activity packs with simple 15 minute activities you can do with your child to support their online safety at home. The page includes all packs for children aged 8-10. (You can also find packs for children aged 4-5, 5-7, 11-13 and 14+ on their website.) 

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