Computing in the Curriculum
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.
To be able to access ICT in a safe and healthy environment
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.
- Computing is essential to prepare our children for the modern world. This incorporates a need to develop “Computational Thinking” which can support learning in other areas of the curriculum and beyond to the work place of the future.
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.
Children in Y6 used iMovie and Garageband to combine video and their own soundtrack to make a promotional video for the Spirit Alive sports' days.
- CURRICULUM IMPLEMENTATION:
Our computing progression 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.l
- In Southroyd we will approach the skills of computing by beginning with writing our 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 or Kodu to develop skills and more purposeful use of coding to achieve set tasks, like simple simulation or game making.
We have developed our school intranet (Southroyd Learning Zone) 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.
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.
Children use Crumble Kit to explore the use of sensor in control systems. Here the boys use an LDR to control a lighting response circuit.
Listen to the audio podcast file about the school harvest festival created by children in Year 6.
We encourage discussion and debate about the exciting world of technology and particularly how our children can be successful but safe users of the opportunities offered by the internet.
We hold annual reviews of internet safety, alongside curriculum focus on safe practice to ensure that we respond to the fast moving world of technology. We ensure that our children are also able to respond effectively to changing times and regularly survey and consult our children to find out about their latest habits and experiences.
Computing is a popular and exciting subject and we want our children to share safely in the incredible opportunities which it presents. As a result, we encourage children to explore additional opportunities which technology can apply. e.g
1) During the solar eclipse school borrowed a telescope with an optical filter, enabling viewing of the sun. 2) 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! 3) Robbi the Nau Robot is a regular visitor to school to share the exciting insights into robotics and Artificial Intelligence.
At Southroyd we want our children to be able to access the rich and varied opportunities which technology can offer - but we also want our children to be able to risk assess and manage their own safety as they move beyond primary school and the wider world of technology.
Y3 used iPads and Morfo to bring to life some figures from their history work.
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.
Children use STEM resources in Year 5 to explore the link between sensors, monitoring and control. Here they all build LEGO models and develop algorithms on the iPads.
Robi, the NAU robot, spends the week with children at Southroyd. The children marveled at Robi's Tai Chi demonstration!