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Dalry Days 2020/21

Another Dalry year is done….

We had triumphant return days…

Limbering up days

Outdoor days

Constructive days

Ricky days

Days fishing

Bubbly Days,

Big Goodbye days

Tough Shoes to fill days

Medal Winning Days

Autumn Days

Christmas Days

Cool Days

Mr D Days

Oh No Not Lockdown Again Days

Egg Days

Epic Days

Sports Days

Achievement Days

Last Days

But all of them were Dalry days! See you next year for more new things!

Help for Families in Edinburgh

Click the below link to read the Spring support for families information.

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If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Visual Timetable on Easing of Covid Restrictions

Please see the below PDF for a guide to the easing of COVID restrictions in Scotland.

It has been made in boardmaker, which is a program we use for visual timetables which all children see in school for planning our day.

So it may be useful mainly for the kids, but it’s also a very easy way of understanding the coming relaxations.

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If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Raising Teens With Confidence 11-16 Course

2 new free parenting courses for parents of P7+ are about to start, delivered on teams.

To find out more check out the posters linked below for the morning and early evening time slots.

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If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Mr Bennett’s Tech Tuesday 9th March 2021

Here’s your last Tech Tuesday!

If you want to learn about tech and how to make your own apps and games this is the place to learn the skills!

All of these tasks are extra, fun, things to do, not must complete tasks, so only attempt it if you fancy it after your other work.

Quiz Time

This Friday is the P4-P7 Clan Quiz.

We’ll be using forms to answer this quiz.

But did you know you can create your own quizes in forms?

Here’s a video about how to do that. Ignore the bit at the end for teachers about posting to assignments.

So why not try it yourself?

Maybe you could set a quiz on your favourtie subject for your class and post it using the share link feature onto your class playground/kids chat or tech channel.

P6 and P7 Optional Advanced task.

Another interesting feature of forms is branching. This is when the answer you give to a question leads decides which is the next question.

Branching guide

Maybe you could use this idea to create a quiz that gets harder if you are finding it too easy and easier if you are finsing it too hard?

(TOP FACT: This is actually how Sumdog Works, If you are getting questions right it gives you harder questions. If you get them wrong it gives you easier questions.)

Have fun coding and building Digital Dalry!

P3a World Book Day

P3a had a great day celebrating World Boom day. They watched a live show where authors and illustrators gave suggestions on how to create stories. All pupils joined in drawing with Lydia Monks and Rob Biddulph, they also started to create a story about the character they have drawn. Pupils problem solved to create a fun environment to read in this afternoon and tomorrow they will be turning a potato into their favourite character. 

P3a Potatoes

Here are the potato characters P3a created.

They all made either their favourite character or designed a new character, then they started to develop a story for their character. All the potato characters were sent home so pupils can tell their stories to people at home next week as part of their homework. 

Holiday Timing Survey

City of Edinburgh Council have prepared a survey about the timing of school holidays over the next three years.  Parents and staff groups have contributed to the wording of the questions.

The survey should only take a few minutes to complete.

The link to the survey is:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/schsd2022

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If you need support to read this webpage or online letter via translation into an additional language please contact the translation service using this link https://www.edinburgh.gov.uk/languages

Mr Bennett’s Tech Tuesday 1st March 2021

Here’s your next Tech Tuesday!

If you want to learn about tech and how to make your own apps and games this is the place to learn the skills!

All of these tasks are extra, fun, things to do, not must complete tasks, so only attempt it if you fancy it after your other work.

Heath Robinson Machines

William Heath Robinson was a cartoonist.

Now why is Mr Bennett doing a Tech Tuesday about a cartoonist?

Well Mr Heath Robinson liked to draw cartoons of over-complicated machines and techniques for doing mundane, day to day, tasks.

Here’s one of his pictures from world war one showing silly ways of doing things.

His work inspired films and cartoons, especially some of the machines in Wallace and Gromit.

Since he became famous for these pictures his name has become the name for silly, over-complicated machines made for fun. People have made examples of these over the years and especially during COVID.

Here is a video of a Heath Robinson machine made during lockdown.

Coding is normally about the opposite of complication. Normally it’s about simplifying things.

However, creating games and apps is also about iteration.

Iteration is about testing and improving what you are working on.

In America Heath Robinson machines are called Rube Goldberg machines. There are lots of videos with that name on YouTube.

(I don’t actually know who Rube Goldberg is. Could you find out and tell me?

When I do robotics, in masterclasses at Dalry Primary, iteration (testing and improving) is key to getting our code to tell our robots to do what we want.

So why don’t you try making a Heath Robinson machine yourself! Video the results and send it on teams or pop it on YouTube (with your parents permission).

Top Tips

Start at the end: These machines are best built backwards. Start with your last action and build backward in time towards the start.

Test: Test each part a few times to be sure it works the same every time.

Section: Once you have a few pieces built and are certain they work take out the starting element of that section before building the next. Or you’ll be resetting the whole thing all the time and get very tired. We code movement sections indvidually in robotics lessons.

P6 and P7 Optional Advanced task.

Making Heath Robinson machines is tricky in real life but even more tricky in the digital world.

If you think you caould try why not make a Heath Robinson machine in Scratch which at one click of the green flag makes one sprite know into another and another to achieve a task. You will probably need multiple screens. Here’s another video of a real life machine to give you ideas.

Try to make sprites that make sense and move differently, like magnets attracting to metal and balls rolling.

Have fun coding and building Digital Dalry!

Mr Bennett’s Tech Tuesday 23rd February 2021

Here’s your next Tech Tuesday!

3d render GIF by gfaught

If you want to learn about tech and how to make your own apps and games this is the place to learn the skills!

All of these tasks are extra fun things to do, not must complete tasks, so only attempt it if you fancy it after your other work.

P4-P5

Dance Mat Typing

One of the keys to finding coding and computers easy is being able to type well.

Try this BBC Bitesize Typing game to start typing for real!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zj8xvcw/articles/z3c6tfr

P6 and P7

Sequencing and Selection

Have a look at this BBC Bitesize guide and video about sequencing and selection.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zkcqn39/articles/z23q7ty

Now head over to Scratch and try to put these skills to use. I’d like to see a game where a sprite performs using a sequence. This is probably best done with a loop.

But what can you do with your loop? You could use the sense functions so your character is looking for water like the Kangaroo in the video. You could even make the crocs search for Kangaroos.

You don’t have to use that story though. Get creative and if you want to link or drop the scratch file to Mr Bennett’s tech channel for him to share some examples then do it!

Here’s the scratch Tutorial page if you need any tips or ideas. https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tutorial=all

Have fun coding Digital Dalry!