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Keeping in Touch with Family Learning- Schools Edition - Issue 11 - 10 June 2021

Let’s Get Digital

We live in a world surrounded by technology and we know that whatever field our children choose to go into as adults, their ability to succeed will increasingly depend on understanding how technology works.

Introduction to algorithims

cartoon drawing of space rocket, plants and teddy bear astronaut

What is an algorithm? Watch this clip by BBC Bitesize – it’s not as complicated as you might think! Think about how we use them in our lives. For example, recipes for a cake, directions to go somewhere, instructions to put a new toy together. Can you find any others?

Extension: Have fun together creating algorithms (instructions). Look at some examples (see above for ideas). What ‘key words’ do you use? First, then, finally – what if you do things in a different order? Sometimes it is fine, but not always! Even the morning routine can be an example of an algorithm! One of you could be a robot who only follows the EXACT algorithm (this can be a lot of fun!).

Computers Connect Us (No computer / internet required)

Yellow cartoon lightbulb with word Creativity below

Computer Science helps people in their everyday lives. Internet and phone apps let people chat and find others who share their interests, even when they can’t be together in person. This has been especially relevant in the pandemic! These were built by computer scientists. Try these three activities. You won’t even need a computer. Use the sheets attached to help you:

1. Network a neighbourhood: People use map programs every day. Finding the best path from one place to another is a tricky problem that can be solved with the help of Computer Science! Try to connect all the buildings in a town. Use as few spaces as possible.
2. Encode an emoji: Computers can’t understand pictures. Images need to be turned into numbers for a computer to recognise them. A process called encoding. Help a computer recognise emojis by encoding them.
3. Send a coded message: Computers need to send messages across the world, so they need to use the same language. Can you use the instructions to make your own code for your family? This way of sending messages has been used for hundreds of years!

What is code?


What is code? Computer code is a set of rules or instructions. It is made up of words and numbers and when you put them in the right order it will tell your computer what you want it to do. You can program lots of things with code. Watch this clip to find out more.

For beginners, click on this link to try a coding game or download Lightbot code hour APP onto a tablet or Smartphone.

Extension: Choose this link or this link to code some games which are a little more tricky! Enjoy!

Useful Websites of the Week

Codecademy – get familiar with code for free.

Scratch – learn to program

Kids Ruby – help your child learn Ruby programming.

Tynker offers coding puzzles, games and courses

BBC Bitesize has a Computing area for KS1 and KS2

Barclays Digital Driving Licence free online course

Bucks Country Parks family activities– have fun outside with your children

Bucks School Nurse Website: lots of information including transition ideas.

Courses Coming Up

New Online Family Learning Courses for June 2021

●         Moving up (transition) workshop for Y2,3,4To book all courses and workshops, click on this link , or contact the Enrolment Team on 01296 383582. For more information contact Kathryn on 07770 641997

●         Revolting Rhymes English workshop for Y3&4

●         Starting Secondary School for Y6

●         Our Early Years team are also running courses for parents and their children aged around 2-4years old. If you would like more information on these please text/call Iva on 07710 145234 or Wendy on 07768 044813.

New Adult Learning Courses

Four-week basic skills course in English, Maths and IT- For more information contact: Debbie Garwood 07770 802497,