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‘Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic’

George Dyson

Computing is an ever-changing part of our day to day lives, which also comes with increasing risk. At Walesby C of E Primary School, we aim to equip the children to enter this environment by enabling them to find, explore, analyse, present and exchange information in digital form. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use. Through both our PSHE and computing curriculum, we promote the importance of online safety and staying safe using technology. 

How is computing taught at our school?

At Walesby C of E Primary School, we follow the National Curriculum for computing. Each half term, the whole school focuses on a key area of computing from Foundation Stage 2 to Year 6. This ensures progression throughout school. We cover Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. 

 

Our 6 key half termly focuses are:

 - Animation

 - Sound and Video

 - Bee-Bots (KS1)/Computer Networks (KS2)

 - Creating Content (KS1: E-Books/KS2: Webpages and Blogs)

 - Data Handling 

 - Programming (Scratch)

 

Here at Walesby C of E Primary School, we promote cross-curricular learning throughout the curriculum. Computing is encouraged to be part of all subjects and other subjects are linked in to computing sessions.

 

Walesby C of E Primary School

 

Computing Curriculum

Intent

Implementation

Impact

All pupils at Walesby C of E Primary School have the right to rich, deep and broad learning experiences that balance all aspects of computing (computer science, information technology and digital literacy). With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high quality computing education equips pupils to use technology creatively to understand and change the world in a safe manner. We believe that technology can provide enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting pupil’s conceptual understanding of new concepts, which support the needs of all our pupils. The use of resources from Mr P ICT, the National Centre for Computing Education and Project Evolve across the school underpins the curriculum needs of all these areas. Additionally, it enables us to forge cross-curricular links to our school’s thematic curriculum where appropriate. We want our children to be safe online and when using digital devices. We provide staff with regular training and up to date resources to carry out effective teaching of computing and ongoing assessment.

Computing at Walesby C of E Primary is taught in a number of ways:

Early Years: In the early years, the approach is through cross-curricular learning with an emphasis on hands on experiences and is assessed through the Understanding the World Early Learning Goal. Teaching is through context-based and role pay experiences using mainly I-Pads, programmable toys (Bee-bots) and Project Evolve.

Years 1 – 6: From year one upwards, we use resources from Mr P ICT, NCCE and Project Evolve as part of our scheme of work to address the statutory aspects of the National Curriculum. As a school, we believe in delivering fun and engaging lessons, which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve their full potential. Due to our mixed age classes, and to allow for the best use of thematic links, the unit areas have been arranged so that in year progression and topic application makes the best use of teaching time.

Whilst our discrete computing sessions use Mr P ICT, NCCE and Project Evolve resources as a foundation, we also enjoy the flexibility of using computing to enhance our curriculum lessons and further engage the pupils in leading their own learning. They are able to use technology imaginatively and creatively whilst also becoming efficient learners and critical thinkers. Cross-curricular teaching helps enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives. We believe that this transference of skills can aid in teaching pupils the strategies and knowledge necessary to enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves and others. Each half term we ensure we cover different element of online safety using the ‘Education for a connected world’ document and resources from Project Evolve.

We hope by the time our children leave Walesby C of E Primary school, they enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being.

 

Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style online. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond.

 

Formative assessment: Teachers strong subject knowledge and understanding of pupil’s means the main method of curriculum assessment we employ is formative assessment.

 

Retrieval practice: High impact, low stakes quizzes are taken regularly and often repeated to ensure understanding of concepts and that learning is stored in the long-term memory.

 

Pupil’s work: Work completed by pupils is saved on the schools server. This is assessed by the class teacher.

 

Topic overview of Computing in the Early Years

Cycle

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

A

Do you want to be friends?

What happens when I fall asleep?

Will you read me a story? Superheros

Spring time on the Farm

Once Upon a Time

Why do ladybirds have spots?

 

Animation

Chatterpix Kids

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Cameras

Easy Speaks

Shadow Puppets Edu

 

Online relationships and reputation

Programming: Bee-bots

Oral Algorithms

Simple Sequences

Using touch screens

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

Pic Collage

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Pic Collage

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch Jnr

 

Copyright and ownership

 

B

Marvellous Me

Why do Squirrels hide their nuts?

Will you read me a story? Bear Hunt

Do Cows drink milk?

Will You Read Me a Story? - Traditional Stories

Who lives in a rockpool?

 

Animation

Chatterpix Kids

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Cameras

Easy Speaks

Shadow Puppets Edu

 

Online relationships and reputation

Programming: Bee-bots

Oral Algorithms

Simple Sequences

Using touch screens

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

Pic Collage

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Pic Collage

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch Jnr

 

Copyright and ownership

 

Computing Long Term Planning KS1 & KS2 - Cycle A

TERM

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

YEAR 1/YEAR 2

 

Class Horse  Chestnut

Animation

Chatterpix

Puppet Pals

Animate Anything

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Shadow Puppets Edu

DoInk Greenscreen

Adobe Spark Video

 

Online relationships and reputation

Programming: Bee-bots

Algorithms, debugging, instructions

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

Book creator

Balloon stickies

ThingLink

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Pic Collage

Keynote

Balloon stickies

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch Jr

 

Copyright and ownership

 

YEAR 3/YEAR 4

 

Class Sycamore

Animation

Animate Anything

DoInk Greenscreen

iMovie

iFunFace

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Apple clips

iMovie

Explain Everything

 

Online relationships and reputation

Computer Networks

E-Mails, International Internet and collaboration

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

ThingLink

Adobe Spark Page

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Spreadsheets

Microsoft Forms

Plickers

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch

 

Copyright and ownership

 

YEAR 5/YEAR 6

 

Class Willow

Animation

Animate Anything

DoInk Greenscreen

iMovie

iFunFace

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Apple clips

iMovie

Explain Everything

 

Online relationships and reputation

Computer Networks

Websites, HTML and search engines

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

ThingLink

Adobe Spark Page

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Spreadsheets

Microsoft Forms

Plickers

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch

 

Copyright and ownership

Computing Long Term Planning KS1 & KS2 - Cycle B

TERM

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

 

YEAR 1/YEAR 2

 

Class Horse  Chestnut

Animation

Chatterpix

Puppet Pals

Animate Anything

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Shadow Puppets Edu

DoInk Greenscreen

Adobe Spark Video

 

Online relationships and reputation

Programming: Bee-bots

Algorithms, debugging, instructions

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

Book creator

Balloon stickies

ThingLink

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Pic Collage

Keynote

Balloon stickies

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch Jr

 

Copyright and ownership

 

YEAR 3/YEAR 4

 

Class Sycamore

Animation

Animate Anything

DoInk Greenscreen

iMovie

iFunFace

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Apple clips

iMovie

Explain Everything

 

Online relationships and reputation

Computer Networks

E-Mails, International Internet and collaboration

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

ThingLink

Adobe Spark Page

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Spreadsheets

Microsoft Forms

Plickers

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch

 

Copyright and ownership

 

YEAR 5/YEAR 6

 

Class Willow

Animation

Animate Anything

DoInk Greenscreen

iMovie

iFunFace

 

Privacy and security

Video and Sound

Apple clips

iMovie

Explain Everything

 

Online relationships and reputation

Computer Networks

Websites, HTML and search engines

 

Online bullying, self-image and identity.

Digital content

ThingLink

Adobe Spark Page

 

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Data handling

Spreadsheets

Microsoft Forms

Plickers

 

Managing online information

Programing: coding

Scratch

 

Copyright and ownership

Online Safety 

Online safety is taught throughout our computing curriculum and links to our PSHCE sessions and our collective worship. We hope to enable our children to have the right to enjoy childhood online and be safe on online spaces that are appropriate to their age. As they grow older, this will support them with making a positive contributions online and have an awareness of both their and other people's presence online. Every year we take part in 'Safer Internet Day' to increase awareness of the importance of online safety across our school community. Our planning follows 'The Education for a Connected World 2020 Framework'. We use Project Evolve Resources to support our planning.

 

Our planning and teaching of online safety covers 8 keys areas:

 

 - Self Image and Identity

 - Online Relationships 

 - Online Reputation 

 - Online bullying 

 - Managing Online information 

 - Health, Well-being and Lifestyle 

 - Privacy and Security 

 - Copyright and Ownership

 

Resources 

We continually invest in our computing resources and keep them updated. These are maintained by staff and technicians. 

 

Pupils have access to:

 - 8 iPads in each class

 - A set of 25 iPads shared across the school.

 - A class set of laptops shared across the whole school

 - 18 Bee-Bots

 - Class set of Digital Cameras

 - A wide of Apps and Software that support the whole curriculum 

 

Computing in Action at Walesby C of E Primary

Computing Links 

Useful Websites for Online Safety

 

For further information and links please look on our 'parents page.'

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