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Computing

Computing Intent

We follow the National Curriculum and have made some enhancements such as joining in with Safer Internet Day annually, inviting Digital PCSO’s from Merseyside police to educate our children on e-safety, as well as opportunities to develop Computing during woodland learning sessions. All pupils study Computing including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. The pupils gain knowledge about the three main strands of Computing, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science, every year. We have built our own scheme of work which builds in complexity so that pupils can build their skills and knowledge. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To aid understanding subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson. We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start. 

Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral; our vision is to support children in becoming creative, independent learners and ensure they develop a healthy relationship with technology. At our school we value and recognise the contribution that technology can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff, parents, governors and society. We strive to provide safe opportunities in computing to motivate, inspire and raise standards across the curriculum. Everyone in our school community will be equipped with the digital skills to meet developing technology with confidence, enthusiasm and prepare them for a future in an ever-changing world. Our curriculum supports the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy (Digital Literacy / UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) framework) of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks. To build pupils’ cultural capital, they also study the work of computer scientists who are nationally important. Our core values; resilience, respect and responsibility are continually developed through all Computing learning experiences.

 

Computing Curriculum

 

Autumn Term

 

Reception - Information Technology - 'What are QR codes?'

In this unit reception classes learnt to use the ipad to scan QR codes. 

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Year 1 - Digital Literacy - 'Online Buddies'

In this lesson, Year 1 explored and experimented with technology in order to build familiarity with classroom apps and devices. Children learnt to use basic photographic and video techniques to document their own learning. 

 

 

Year 2 - Digital Literacy - 'My Online Life'

In Year 2, children learnt to talk to a trusted adult before sharing personal information online and using strong passwords. They also learnt what personal information is and that they need to talk to a trusted adult before sharing online. Year 2 began to understand that that once something is posted others can read the post and share it.

 

 

Year 3 - Digital Literacy - 'Be Digitally Awesome'

Children have learnt about the risks of their online lives and have developed skills when using online services. Through stimulating classroom discussions about certain situations that may arise when online, children have learnt to think critically about their online lives (in terms of current technology,) its influence on behaviour and development, and what skills they need to be able to navigate it.

 

 

Year 4 - Digital Literacy - 'Real or Fake'

Fake news has become commonplace in society and children are very much part of those who are reading fake news on a daily basis. This module has made Year 4 more aware of Fake News, give them the skills to consider each piece of news they read on its own merits and decide what is real or fake.

 

 

Year 5 - Digital Literacy & Information Technology - 'Being a Youtuber'

Every child wants to be a ‘Youtuber’. In this activity Year 5 learnt about what that actually means and they will explore the positive and negatives associated with being a YouTuber. The children were given the opportunity to create their own vlog, edit and then critique it. In completing this unit the children have learn about online safety. In relating the learning outcomes to a YouTuber the children have considered the risks of their online lives in a real life scenario. Throughout this activity there have been lots of opportunities to discuss online safety too.

 

 

Year 6 - Digital Literacy - 'Online Safety Dilemmas'

Children regularly face decisions when they are online and while they may have the knowledge to make the correct choices their behaviours don’t always reflect this knowledge. This activity is aimed at putting Year 6 into scenarios they may encounter online and seeing how they would respond.

 

 

 

Spring Term

 

Reception - Information Technology - 'Talking Technology' 

This term reception classes have been learning to navigate an iPad and have practised logging into Numbots using their own login details.

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Year 1: Digital Literacy - 'What is a Computer?' 

In this unit children learnt about the different parts of a computer and iPad. They will learn new skills, tips and tricks. The children were able to see the inner workings of a computer.   

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Year 2: Digital Literacy - 'Code a Story'

Year 2 children have written a basic story with illustrations. They have then turned this into an animated story using visual coding. The activity has introduced new concepts such as conditional language, repeat loops and debugging. In completing this unit the children will learn how to code using Scratch. 

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Year 3: Digital Literacy - 'Dancing Robot'

In this topic, Year 3 were introduced to visual coding with the Scratch Jr app. Children have learnt to simply snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance and sing. The children also used some of Scratch Jr’s more advanced coding blocks to create their own interactive dancing robot game. The children have learnt the important skills of critical thinking, problem solving and debugging. 

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Year 4: Information Technology - 'Endangered Animals'

In this topic, Year 4 were able to use the app iMovie on iPads to record and join together clips to produce a movie. They have also learnt about the different film making techniques and story telling skills. 

 

 

Year 5 - Computer Science - Micro:Bits: 'Volcano Animations'

Through a mixture of unplugged and practical programming activities, pupils develop their understanding of decomposition and repetition while creating animations. They begin by designing a dance sequence and creating a flipbook animation of their dance, before learning how to use simple flowcharts to write algorithms. They are introduced to repetition before applying their understanding by decomposing the process of a volcanic eruption. Pupils then plan, through using a flowchart algorithm, and program their own micro:bit animated volcanic eruption. To conclude the unit, pupils decompose the unit to identify how their learning developed to produce their final product.

 

 
 
 

 

Year 6 - Computer Science - 'Crossy Roads'

In this unit children create their own version of the popular app ‘Crossy Roads’ using visual coding.

 

 

 

Summer Term

 

Nursery - 'Information Technology'

The children in Nursey had fun exploring the iPad independently.  Some of the children chose an app to practise their mark making, whilst others enjoyed taking pictures of themselves or their friends. The children were fantastic at following instructions and had lots of creative fun.

 

 

Reception - Computer Science - 'Programming Robots' 

This term reception classes have been learning to navigate an robot and have practised using directional language. 

 

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Year 1 - Computer Science - 'My Friend the Robot'

 In this unit children learnt about robots; what are they, how they are used in the world around us and where would you find them? The children will learn valuable computational thinking and problem solving skills and use programmable robots. They will explore a variety of unplugged activities and online coding games learning about sequencing, algorithms, debugging and how to create a simple program. 

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Year 2 - Computer Science - 'Making Games'

This term Year 2 have been introduced to Scratch. They used their individual usernames and passwords to login to their account – from here they set up a new project and explored the different code blocks. 

 

 

Year 3 - Computer Science - 'Rainforests'

The children have explored rainforests through new Virtual Reality (VR) apps. 

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Year 4 - Computer Science - 'Hour of Code'

This term, children have used Hour of Code to work through various challenges. They explored the following inquiry questions: What is coding? Why is coding important? What is visual coding What is an algorithm? What is a program? and What is a conditional statement?

 

 

Year 5 - Information Technology - 'Making AR Games'

In this unit children have been introduced to the world of Augmented Reality (AR). They have been set the task of designing and creating a game that uses AR. They explored the following inquiry questions: can you master computational thinking? can you work as a team? can you use a variety of apps? and can you present your work in creative ways? Can you build and create?

 

 

Click on the link below to watch a picture come to life with augmented reality using the Quiver app:

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Year 6 - Computer Science - 'Crossy Roads'

This term children have been creating their own game using Hopscotch. They have been using code to program their own character and background, using the game Crossy Roads as their inspiration.

 

 

 

 

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