Computing in the Curriculum
This December 2018 performance of Dulce et Decorum Est reflects the power of IT in supporting areas of the curriculum, in this case, Isobel from Y6, presents some performance poetry studied as part of a topic on WWI.
RATIONALE AND ENTITLEMENT
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The national curriculum for computing has four main aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insights into many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
In Southroyd this will begin with writing their own algorithms to explain perhaps how to make a sandwich, or navigate through the classroom. With simple concepts of sequencing, children are then able to explore "algorithms" using control models (beebots, turtles, screen models) At school we then aim to use software like Scratch, Kodu and Crystal Rainforest to develop and refine instructions and learn how to debug algorithms made.
- In Southroyd we are very lucky to explore control systems practically using the Lego Centre at Crawshaw, which our children were very keen to visit. We can access WeDo and NXT robots to promote real interest in Computer Science.
The computing program of study builds on the original subject, ICT (Information and Communication Technology) ICT provides a means of enhancing and enriching the learning experience of children and can strengthen and support traditional forms of teaching and learning and extend the range of educational opportunities for children.
Our children fed back that they really enjoy using ICT equipment outdoors and wanted to use iPads in school. The school now has a set of iPads and aims to maximise the use of computer peripherals in and out of the school.
- At Southroyd we have bought into the intranet (Virtual Learning Centre - VLE) so that children can learn how to use blogs, forums, surveys and share their own data on the internet. These skills are vital for children growing in the digital world.
Remember: go to the school VLE for activities on coding and go to Southroyd. Click here.
Children are encouraged to share in their interest of technology. During the solar eclipse one child brought in a telescope with optical filter, enabling viewing of the sun. The school has recently bought a night vision camera with sensor, to find out if there really is a large fox on the school grounds at night!The VLE allows children access to a number of opportunities, whether its using the popular mathletics to support number fluency, or learning the rudiments of coding.
Below, children use the school grounds as a setting for their own films and film trailers using the school flip cameras and editing software.
Although iPad and tablet technologies are increasingly familiar at home and used more in school, the desktop computer offers a wider range of computing skills in the use of handling and storing files, using keyboards and developing the concepts of file systems and file storage.
In January 2018, Year 4 wrote from the Iron Man's point of view and then looked at how the story could be read by Robi the Robot, using a green screen to place the Iron Man on the sea shore.
Computing is essential for the preparation of children in the modern world. This incorporates a need to develop “Computational Thinking” which can support learning in other areas of the curriculum.
To understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
To analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
To evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
To become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
To be able to access ICT in a safe and healthy environment.
Robi, the NAU robot, spends the week with children at Southroyd. The children marveled at Robi's Tai Chi demonstration!
Listen to the audio podcast file about the school harvest festival created by children in Year 6.