#HereBeDragons : Strebor the Classical takes on the Dragons

Posted in Here Be Dragons, Uncategorized on May 3, 2013 by Chris Leach

King Hcael of Ict has decided to hire a Royal Wizard. He has received applications for the position from 13 wizards. On their applications they have all provided scores out of 100 for the following categories:

  1. Intelligence       
  2. Luck                    
  3. Wealth                
  4. Skill                   
  5. Strength
  6. Reliability

The first task for the children, who had  been appointed Advisors to the King, was to rank the categories in order of importance. They were then supplied with Top Trump style cards for each of the wizards and they had to sort them using a Bubble Sort technique so that they were in order according to what they had decided was the most important category. They then eliminated the bottom two wizards and resorted them according to the next most important category. This continued until they were left with one wizard remaining. Even though each pair ordered the categories slightly differently they all nominated Strebor the Classical and he was therefore hired by King Hcael.

The children were then shown the following Spell Algorithm:

FOR Each Dragon

Dragon.Magic + Dragon.Ferocity < Wizard.Skill + Wizard.Intelligence


         Dragon.Strength = Dragon.Strength-20


         Wizard.Strength = Wizard.Strength-2

    End IF


         Dragon.Strength = 0 OR < 0


         Dragon.Alive = False

    AND IF

         Wizard.Strength = 0 OR < 0


         Wizard.Alive = False

    End If


This meant that each time a dragon attacked the children had to add its scores for Magic and Ferocity together and compare it with Strebor’s combined score for Skill and Intelligence. If Strebor won then the dragon would have 20 subtracted from its strength but if the dragon won then Strebor would lose 2 points. Once a dragon was down to 0 then it had been defeated by Strebor and no longer posed a threat to Ict.

To decide which dragons attacked the children used this random name selector to pick a dragon. They then looked the dragon up on the Google Spreadsheet they created last week, added to scores up, compared them to Strebors and adjusted scores as necessary.

Strebor was quite successful and the following dragons were defeated:

Miath the Barbarian
Rusorth, Lord of the Skies
Cheselth, Gentle Mind
Seralth the Warm
Tavurth Braveheart

Next week the Dragon Hunters will have their turn to defeat the dragons and they will also go on a hunt for dragon eggs.

#HereBeDragons : Coat of Arms

Posted in Here Be Dragons on April 30, 2013 by Chris Leach

Each of our Dragon Hunters has designed their own coat of arms using


Even King Hcael of Ict has his own coat of arms…

Per Saltire Sable and Gules a Saltire Argent Five Dragons Vert

Per Saltire Sable and Gules a Saltire Argent Five Dragons Vert

#HereBeDragons : Dragons vs Wizards

Posted in Uncategorized on April 30, 2013 by Chris Leach

In the next lesson the children will all hire a wizard for their village. The wizard will help protect them but only according to the following algorithm:

FOR each Dragon.Attack
IF Dragon.Magic + Dragon.Intelligence < Wizard.Skill + Wizard.Intelligence
THEN Dragon.Strength = Dragon.Strength – 10
ELSE Wizard.Strength = Wizard.Strength – 5
IF Dragon.Strength = 0 OR < 0
THEN Dragon.Alive = False
IF Wizard.Strength = 0 OR < 0
THEN Wizard.Alive = False

The dragon’s that attack each village will be picked randomly from this list.

How many dragon’s can the Wizard’s dispel?

#RethinkingICT : Digital Literacy in KS1

Posted in Rethinking ICT on April 30, 2013 by Chris Leach

Recently I have been working on the KS1 section of my #RethinkingICT Programme of Study. For those of you who have followed the development of the RethinkingICT PoS you will know I have split the curriculum into four strands:

  1. Digital Literacy
  2. Digital Creativity
  3. Digital Technology
  4. Digital Society

For each of the strands I have come up with a list of 4 or 5 statements and the idea of the RethinkingICT wiki is that these statements can then be expanded upon to provide more information and relevant resources. Today I have been working on the Digital Literacy strand at KS1 and you can read the explanations for each of the statements below…

Pupils should learn how to manage files and folders that they use regularly (Digital Artefacts)

“By the end of Key Stage 1 children should understand the structure of files, folders and drives. They should be able to save their work to the correct location and then be able to open those files at a later date. They should learn rules for naming their work so that it can be easily identified and they should be able to print their work when required.”

Pupils should be able to identify and use basic Digital Tools

“By the end of Key Stage One children should be familiar with common ICT equipment such as desktop PCs, laptops and tablets. They should be able to recognise and describe the basic components of a desktop PC (mouse, keyboard, monitor). They should recognise different forms of software such as a web browser, word processor of graphics package and be able to use these competently.”

Pupils should learn how to communicate safely and respectfully online.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should have experience of publishing work online. They should understand the need to keep certain information private and they should learn how to comment on other’s work politely and respectfully.”

Children should learn that information and data can be stored in a variety of different ways.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should understand that information can be saved onto a variety of different media such as hard drives, SD cards, USB sticks and CDs. Children should understand that all Digital Artefacts such as digital images, audio clips, typed documents are all examples of data and all take up space on a storage device.”

Children should learn that computers can be used to simulate different scenarios.

“By the end of Key Stage One children should understand that computers can be used to create situations that may not be possible in real life. This could include games in which the child plays a character in a fictional world. Children should also understand that computers allow us to try out different scenarios and enable us to predict what might happen if certain criteria are changed.”


As always I welcome and comments and feedback. These are all the first drafts for these statements and I am open to any suggestions on how they can be improved. I particularly feel that the statement regarding communicating online could be improved.

#HereBeDragons : Dragon Hunting

Posted in Here Be Dragons on April 26, 2013 by Chris Leach

The Dragon Hunters have discovered that there are actually much more than 7 dragons in the land of Ict.

They have recorded all of the dragons they have discovered here.

Eidref the Bonkers has been knighted by King Hcael for his dragon hunting prowess.

Here are a few of the dragons he discovered.

#HereBeDragons : Dragon Hunter Algorithm

Posted in Here Be Dragons with tags , on April 26, 2013 by Chris Leach

As part of the Here Be Dragons project the children will write pseudo-code for Battle Algorithms such as:

FOR each DragonAttack
IF DragonHunter.Strength > Dragon.Strength
        THEN Dragon.Strength = Dragon.Strength-5

#HereBeDragons : Wanted, One Wizard

Posted in Here Be Dragons, Year 5 on April 25, 2013 by Chris Leach

For one of their activities in the “Here Be Dragons” project the children will have to sort through some job applications for the position of Master Wizard. The wizards will all be named after our Heads of Department and so the 13 applicants are…

  • Gnilrig the Mathematical
  • Worraf the Literate
  • Yelir the Geographical
  • Mallig the Historical
  • Poots the Athletic
  • Strebor the Classical
  • Nospmoht the Scientific
  • Spillihp the Religious
  • Llit the Artistic
  • Llih the Technical
  • Dleiftahc the Musical
  • Etihw the Linguist
  • Yetap the Green

Each of the wizards will have submitted an application form that contains randomly generated scores for the following categories:

  • Skill
  • Reliability
  • Strength
  • Luck
  • Wealth
  • Intelligence

The children, working in pairs, will have to decide in which order to prioritise these criteria. They will then use a bubble sort to sort the wizards according to what they regard to be the most important category. They will then dismiss the bottom two applicants and then resort the remaining wizards by the next category and so on until only one candidate remains.

Mallig the Historical

The wizard who receives the most nominations from the children will be appointed High Magician by King Hcael of Ict.


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