At Gipsey Bridge Academy, we teach computing to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. This is done through 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
As part of our project, Class 2 were given the names of some famous men and women who were born in our county. The list included Tony Jacklin the golfer, Michael Foale the astronaut, Jim Broadbent the actor and even Margaret Thatcher the former Prime Minister! The children learnt how to get the best results from an Internet search and then used this research to create a PowerPoint presentation.
They are loving developing our computing skills throughout this project! They added text and photographs, changed the themes and backgrounds and even added animations to make our objects fly in in interesting ways!
Class 2 thought about how traffic lights work on our roads; they can't be green at the same time and they can't be red at the same time etc. With this in mind, we thought about how they could be controlled. Does someone stand and do it manually? No. Do all traffic lights monitor if a car is waiting? No. We decided in the end that they must be automatic, or programmed so had a go at doing this ourselves.
It was tricky! We had to learn not only how to control the sprites, but how to create them in the first place! There was a huge amount of resilience on show from every child and we all left knowing we had achieved at least part of a functioning set of lights, which is incredible.