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Can you fix this project?

Having designed and tested their own maze games, 4L will now look at another version of the Maze game, but with a twist. This is a remix of a working version, but I have removed or changed some of the blocks so it no longer works. Their task will be to fix it!

Here is the remixed version:

And here is a link to the remix project:


Year 4 and 5 Scratch projects

Year 4 have been developing their own games in Scratch games, based on a Maze game. The children have designed their own levels, programmed the movement of sprites, introduced levels and devised their own scoring system. In doing this they have used a wide variety of programming blocks, including movement, repeats, variables and if/then statements.

Here are some examples of their projects:

Kaitlin and Jamal from 5L:

Drew and Arsalan from 5H:

Ahad and Zara from 4O:

Inayah and Anthony from 4L:

Introduction to Scratch

Last week, 3C and 3P had their first experience of programming using Scratch. Following the previous week’s session where they learned how to log, navigate to Scratch and change sprites and backgrounds, we moved on to placing blocks and making things happen on screen. We used the Scratch tutorial as a guide. In doing so, they used the following blocks:

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These were then combined…


Can you tell what these blocks will do?

Scratch for Year 3!

This afternoon, year 3 will be using Scratch for the first time.

You are all familiar with Scratch Jr. Scratch Jr is a block based programming interface which gives you the opportunity to create characters and backgrounds and get them to move and interact with each other.

This year we will move on to the full version of Scratch.

In today’s lesson we will learn how to get on to Scratch, using tabs in a browser and how to create a character or sprite and a background.

You can access Scratch by clicking on the links in this post or the permanent link on the right hand side of this blog.

Scratch with years 3 and 4

Years 3 and 4 have been learning to program a computer using Scratch software which they can access online http://scratch.mit.edu. Programming has become an important part of learning about technology to meet expectations in the new curriculum. It develops children’s thinking and problem solving skills, builds resilience and is great fun too! Using Scratch is a great way to add to the experience of learning to program and also to learn about e-Safety.

Your child can use Scratch without registering with the site. However, to enable your child to be able share the programs and games they create they will need to register with the Scratch community. This allows them, their friends and their family to see what they make at school and at home. They can also view programs created by other people to see how they have been made and can make changes to adapt it to create a similar game of their own.

The site lets anyone in the world see what you have created. Anyone can leave comments about your work. This is fantastic way for children to get feedback and can be very encouraging. They may get suggestions of ways in which they could improve their game. There are many benefits but also the risk that someone might leave a comment you don’t like. The Scratch Team includes a group of moderators who work each day to manage activity on the site and respond to any reports of misuse. When logged in, your child can delete any comments they do not like and can report anyone who is not following the community guidelines. It is extremely rare to see an inappropriate comment but we feel we should let you know that this could occur.

Scratch has guidelines for use which you agree to when you sign up:

* Be respectful. When sharing projects or posting comments, remember that people of many different ages and backgrounds will see what you’ve shared.
* Be constructive. When commenting on other’s projects, say something you like about it and offer suggestions.
* Share. You are free to remix projects, ideas, images, or anything else you find on Scratch and anyone can use anything that you share. Be sure to give credit when you remix.
* Keep personal info private. For safety reasons, don’t use real names or post contact info like phone numbers or addresses.
* Help keep the site friendly. If you think a project or comment is mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate, click ‘Report’ to let us know about it

The e-Safety aspects of being part of the Scratch Community will be explained to your child. We are writing to suggest that your child signs up with the Scratch Community so they can further their computing learning at home, and share the great work they are doing.

Here are some useful e-Safety messages for children using Scratch (and other websites):

* Use a safe alias
* Keep password and personal information private
* Give positive feedback to others
* Recognise copyright in terms of acknowledging other people’s ideas
* Recognise inappropriate content – consider whether others would find a project or comment mean, insulting, too violent, or otherwise inappropriate
* Know how and when to report inappropriate content and when deleting a comment is the sensible action
* Consider appropriate length of time to spend online creating and playing games

We would suggest you have a look at the website http://scratch.mit.edu to make sure you are aware of how it is used and that you are happy for your child to be part of the Scratch community. They have a page for parents which may answer any questions you have http://scratch.mit.edu/parents/, or you are welcome to arrange a time to come into school to discuss this with us.

2 player pong games

Year 5 – you will be completing your two player Pong game projects this afternoon. Here are a couple of examples of Pong games. Which elements work well, and which could be improved. Have a look at the inside of these games and see if you can apply some of the ideas to your projects.

Press space to start.

arrow keys and A + D

Player 1 keys (left side):
W – up
S – down

Player 2 keys (right side)
Up arrow – up
Down arrow – down

Using ‘if/then’ statements in Scratch

Years 3 and 4 will be creating their own games in Scratch this week. Building on the directional and movement blocks we have used in the last couple of weeks, they will now be adding if/then statements to make a sprite behave differently according to where it is on the screen. The end result will be something like this:

I will be posting the end products on the class blogs.

Easter computing challenge

Here’s a challenge I spotted posted on twitter by @teknoteacher.

Can you code your own scratch version of ‘Rock, paper, scissors’? I will have a go myself over the Easter holiday.

There will be a (small) prize for anyone who can code a working version.

Remember, to share your project in school you will need to register on the scratch website. Follow the link for instructions on how to do this.