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ICT - KS2 - Year 3

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Unit 3A Combining text and graphics

In this unit children learn how to communicate messages by using a combination of graphics and text. They also learn the importance of saving their work. Children will apply what they have learnt in this unit when writing reports; producing multimedia presentations.

Look at some greeting cards. Discuss the design, fonts and pictures
Look at messages and design and produce a card. 

 Bauble card
Bauble card
 Insert and print
Insert and print
 Four fold card
Four fold card
 Greeting cards
Greeting cards

Type in a number of words, edit features, e.g font, size and colour. Look at each word to reflect its meaning, eg each letter of 'rainbow' done in a different colour.

 Using Word Art 1
Using Word Art 1
 Using Word Art 2
Using Word Art 2
 Grow - using Word Art
Grow - using Word Art
 Calligrams
Calligrams

Prepare examples of text eg a description of a pyramid. Re-size a graphic search a clip art file or a CD-ROM to locate graphics.

 Family tree
Family tree
 Picture poem using clip art
Picture poem using clip art
 Boudicca
Boudicca
 Save and wrap in Word
Save and wrap in Word

Discuss how authors use punctuation marks for effect. Type upper case letters.
Ask the children to insert correct punctuation. Ask them to print out their work.

 Punctuation
Punctuation
 Star punctuation
Star punctuation
 Drag and drop text
Drag and drop text
 Choosing adjectives
Choosing adjectives

Produce a magazine, which will include pictures and captions, and explain that they will use punctuation and font effects.

 Leaflet on your home town
Leaflet on your home town
 Roman topic
Roman topic
 Writing task
Writing task
 Writing task TV
Writing task TV

Unit 3B Manipulating sound

In this unit children will explore and develop musical ideas by using ICT and other methods. They will use simple music software, tape recorders and a keyboard to compose, collect and communicate their musical ideas. They will amend and modify their work to explore various musical and sound effects, and use ICT to create, organise and record sounds.
Children will be able to apply what they have learnt in this unit in music.

Create pictures of various instruments
Introduce new sounds and describe them using a musical and expressive vocabulary.
Select and play the musical sounds

 Music box
Music box
 Play music
Play music
 Playing music
Playing music
 Music on line
Music on line

Discuss families of instruments, sounds and instruments
Use a tape recorder to listen to your sounds. Sketch an instrument. Make an invitation to listen to instrument families on cassette.

 Instruments of the orchestra
Instruments of the orchestra
 Listen to musical instruments
Listen to musical instruments
 Instruments on line
Instruments on line
 Musical instruments
Musical instruments

Use music software with an icon to represent a musical phrase. Include happy/sad, fast/slow, beginning/middle/end. music. Create a musical sequence, add lyrics.

 Creating music
Creating music
 Music Box 2
Music Box 2
 Music
Music
 Classics
Classics

Create a musical with 'a loop' and percussion parts. Identify the rhythmic pattern , differences between the live and computer-controlled composition.

 Peter and the wolf
Peter and the wolf
 Carnival of the animals
Carnival of the animals
 Music on line
Music on line
 Music composer
Music composer

Experiment with music software to create melodies. Create a mood in the compositions -with structure , pattern such as AABA. Save their compositions

 Music factory
Music factory
 Create a tune
Create a tune
 Making music
Making music
 Instruments of the orchestra
Instruments of the orchestra

Unit 3C introduction to databases

In this unit children learn to collect and store information involving more than two variables. They will use a database to answer simple questions by sorting and finding the top or bottom and searching in a single field. Children will be introduced to files, records and fields by exploring and comparing computer-based data and paper-based information. They will use a computer database, add to it, carry out simple searches and produce bar charts. Children will apply what they have learnt in this unit when using ICT to handle and present information in geography, science, design and technology, and history.

Use a set of paper-based record cards Explain how the detail is held in fields called records. talk about finding information quickly.

 Information
Information
 Record cards 1
Record cards 1
 Record cards 2
Record cards 2
 Record cards 3
Record cards 3

Use the record cards above to explain how to add information.
Give pictures of three new mini-beasts to extract information, add three new record cards to the file.

 Ordering activity
Ordering activity
 Creating a database
Creating a database
 Junior viewpoint
Junior viewpoint
 Animal database
Animal database

Have a database of information. Discuss the computer database with the paper-based record cards. Ask questions eg which animals are green? Use search criteria, such as colour field

 The lost owls adventure
The lost owls adventure
 Minibeast database and questions
Minibeast database and questions
 Minibeast classification
Minibeast classification
 Database
Database

Produce a database bar charts e.g a bar chart of the numbers of animals. Use the computer database to make bar charts. Create and print a bar chart,

 Number machines
Number machines
 Junior viewpoint
Junior viewpoint
 Whodunnit
Whodunnit
 Pond explorer
Pond explorer

Unit 3D Exploring simulations

In this unit children begin to understand that computer simulations can represent real and imaginary situations. They learn how to explore simulations, explore options and to test their predictions. They evaluate simulations by comparing them with real situations and considering their usefulness. Children will apply what they have learnt when using simulations throughout their work, for example predator/prey simulations in science.

Demonstrate the main features of the simulation, allowing users to study. Use of simulations eg for training pilots, designing buildings, testing products.

 Roman adventure
Roman adventure
 Calabash
Calabash
 Badger trails
Badger trails
 Duckbuilder game
Duckbuilder game

Explore the simulation, recording any decisions Encourage them to think of a variety of actions eg how has it changed etc..

 Plant simulator
Plant simulator
 Lemonade stand
Lemonade stand
 Simulation
Simulation
 Create a city
Create a city

Ask the class to evaluate the simulation by answering questions such as, how is the simulation like/not like...; what has been left out; is it realistic; is it helpful; how could it be improved? Children could apply the skills learnt in this unit whenever they explore computer simulations as part of their work in other subjects.

Unit 3E Email

In this unit children learn to use e-mail (electronic mail) to send and receive messages. They learn about communicating over distances and will need to consider and compare different methods of communication. Using e-mail can help children develop their reading and writing skills and develop their knowledge of the wider community. The unit requires collaboration with other schools. Children will apply what they have learnt in this unit when using e-mail, gathering information, developing collaborative projects, and writing for other audience.

Use e-mail to send messages. Show the class how to open the mail box and read the messages.s.

 Messages
Messages
 Emailing in school
Emailing in school
 Send emails
Send emails
 Using email
Using email

Print a message. Show them how to send replies which include annotations that explain why they are suggesting changes.

 Opening attachments
Opening attachments
 Address book
Address book

Send e-mails. Show how to attach a picture or text file to an e-mail.

Always supervise your child when using email and the internet.

 Email detectives
Email detectives
 Link to World Class
Link to World Class
 Link to Global Gateway
Link to Global Gateway
 Link to EPals
Link to EPals
 

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