Today, our Year 6 children were hoaxed into researching the Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus. However, there is no such living thing! The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus is fake news. Not everything on the internet is reliable.
After looking at some of the fake news which we may meet, we asked the children to write their own Fake News reports. Here is a taster of what Lauchlan wrote….don’t panic though…it’s FAKE NEWS!
“Good evening and welcome to The News At Ten. My name is Lauchlan.
Tonight’s headlines: Kim Jon Un is sending a bomb to America because of bad McDonald’s. The Queen is arrested for drunken driving. Brexit is solved by blowing up Ireland”.
We’re hoping to turn our fake news scripts into actual Fake News T.V. bulletins. Watch this space!
The children in Year 6 have thought about all the different things a mobile phone can do. As well as making phone calls, mobile phones can surf the net, can be used to play games, can be an alarm clock, a step counter, a navigational aid, a video recorder, a music player, a calculator, a weather forecaster, a social media centre, a calculator and so on…… Mobile phones can do so much…they’re AMAZING!
Year 6 also spent time thinking about the importance of using our devices responsibly. They looked closely at this picture and thought about why there was crayon on the poster and what might have smudged some of the words
Afterwards, the children watched a short film, which told ‘Joe’s Story’. The children recognised the importance of not accepting unknown contacts, blocking persons who send unkind messages and then reporting them.
You can watch ‘ Joes Story’ by clicking on the link below
During our e-Safety lesson on Tuesday, Year 4 thought about unkind messages that we may receive on the internet or when using technology. We thought about where those messages may come from, why people may send them and how we can stop receiving them. The children then produced some fabulous posters to give advice to others, such as the example below from Kinga and Shaun.
Our key advice is:
If you receive an unkind message, do not delete it! Take a screenshot. Block or report the user, and most importantly TELL an adult immediately!
Don’t forget that all devices and apps have privacy settings to help stop people you do not know from contacting you. If you need help with any privacy settings, please ask Mr Hunt for help!
The children in Mr Hunt’s class had lots of fun in Science this week. We used our e-Safety skills to safely search for information about local wildlife reserves. Then we used the information that we found to create fantastic posters about them! The children investigated how Coombs Valley in Leek and Doxey Marshes in Stafford are helping to protect wildlife in the area, and encouraging new species to visit us too! The children really enjoyed finding out about all of the animals and how humans are helping to protect and nurture their habitats. An example of the posters the children created can be seen below. As ever, fantastic work Year 4!
In Year 5 we have been looking at how to find information when using the internet.
When searching for answers to different questions about the Greeks we found that things like dates differed depending on which website we went on.
We then came up with a some simple pieces of advice for finding reliable information:
1. Check more than one website.
2. Make sure the website is up to date.
3. Check that the information is written by a trusted organisation and it is not a person’s opinion.
These 3 rules will help you to find reliable information, helping us to follow the R in SMART.
In our e-Safety lesson, Year 4 were thinking about the types of information that we may be required to share online. We talked about the different types of people and websites that may ask for different information, and what we should share with different people. The children then created Tellagami videos giving their own advice. Take a look at Ben’s example below.
Do you have other examples of information that is fine to share online? Or things that we should always keep private? Let us know in the comments.