Archive for January, 2010

S3 Info Systems – Coursework

This week the class started their Information Systems coursework. This is an open-book assessment which is used to assess each pupil’s practical skills. The coursework accounts for 30% of the overall course mark.


The Wii Tennis Challenge part 2

Both the Wii tennis tournaments (Australian Open and Wimbledon) are now finished. Well done to Andrew M for winning both.

However, this week the hard work began…

Information Systems – Gathering Data

The first job was for each Wii Tennis match official to email the results of the matches which they had recorded to the Wii Tennis Challenge Sports Desk. As well as each match result, match official also emailed the number of serves and aces scored by each player in the match. This allowed us to gather all of the data electronically at one central point.

Information Systems – Storing Data

The pupils created a spreadsheet of the data, and saved it to the server. This allowed us to look at how information is stored

Numeracy – Percentages

Pupils totalled the number of aces and the number of serves by each player. They used this information to calculate an overall percentage ace rate for each player

e.g. aces = 4, serves = 27
ace rate = 4 / 27 x 100 = 14.81%

Each pupil then added a formula to their spreadsheet to verify that they had correctly calculated the ace rate.

PE – investigation

For homework each pupil had to find out why the tennis scoring system is as it is.

S1 working with Scratch

This week the class learned some of the basics of the Scratch programming environment. They have learned:

  • how to move the Scratch cat backwards and forwards
  • how to change it’s colour
  • how to work with different sprites
  • how to play a sound when a key is pressed.

Apple announce the release of the iPad

Apple yesterday announced the release of their latest device, the iPad. The iPad is like a large iPhone which can be used to access the internet, watch movies and run applications. It is a flat touch-screen device with an on-screen keyboard.

The iPad will be available in the UK from June, and prices will start at around £380.

Will we see the iPad in our classrooms? Maybe not yet, but it could be the device we all use in a few years time.

Wii Tennis Challenge Homework

Homework Exercise

  1. Finish your Wii Tennis Ace percentage calculations
  2. Describe 2 ways in which we processed our Wii Tennis Data
  3. How did we check that our percentage ace calculations were correct?

Homework for Thursday 28th Jan 2009

Intermediate 1 computing (S3)

Coursework this week – We are completing three linked tasks ( spreadsheet, drawing, presentation)

The work should be finely tuned before handing in for grading. This involves going over all the steps carefully and comparing the work with the marking scheme.

S2 Intermediate 1 (Software Development)

We have now moved away from the Web page developments to look at some Games design programming.

We have revisited Scratch. The home site at is an excellent free resource to see over 800,000 finished projects. You can also download a version of the program and create your own project!