Computing in the 21st Century is seen as an essential resource to support learning and teaching, as well as playing an important role in the everyday lives of children, young people and adults. Here at Etz Chaim we firmly believe that technology enhances education and we need to prepare the children for the future not the past!
In September 2014 ICT changed to computing in the new National Curriculum. The new National Curriculum presents the subject of computing as a means for pupils to understand the world and how things work. There is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. The computing curriculum is made up of the following, programming and Computer science (CS), creative use of Information technology (IT) and E-Safety and Digital Literacy (DL)
Computing is all about how computers and computer systems work, along with 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 various areas of the curriculum, and influences all aspects of today’s society. Computing also enables pupils to become digitally literate this allows children to express themselves and broaden their ideas through information and communication technology for the future in a digital world.
In Computing, as with all subjects, in order to develop the continuity and progression of teaching and learning, a balance between whole class, individual and group work, and direct teaching, pupil investigation and skills practice should be planned throughout the school.
Each classroom contains two class computers for the children to access throughout the school day. There is also an Interactive Smart Board in each class and along with a visualiser. In the Foundation Stage there are 10 iPads which are shared between Nursery and Reception. Year 1 to 6 currently have 9 iPads each. There are also 15 minibooks which Year 1 and 2 share, 15 think pads for Year 3 and Year 4 to share and 15 think pads for Year 5 and Year 6 to share. All devices have internet access. Each class also has two iTouches to take photos and record short videos. In addition to this, there is a variety of other ICT equipment in the school such as flip cams, Bee-Bots, Probot, talking tins, microphones, easi-scopes, CD player with head phones and a range of different software and apps to support the children’s learning and development.
In our Upper Key Stage 2 we have set up Code Club where three volunteers come in for an hour a week to help our teachers run Code Club. The Code Club projects are step by step guides for children to follow to create animations, games, websites and much more. Children build up their programming skills as they move through the projects, and challenges provide opportunities to demonstrate and apply what’s been learnt.
Please click here to see our computing policy.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 1 of 2 year cycle.
Please click here to see the curriculum coverage Year 2 of 2 year cycle.
Please click here to see our E-safety page.
Key Priorities for Computing 2016-2017
From discussion and monitoring these are our key priorities for computing:
- To embed computing skills across the curriculum
To track child’s progress
Teachers to be very confident with end of year expectations for computing to ensure good or better progress for all children
To ensure depth and progression within the E-safety curriculum across the school
To show differentiation in planning – 3 levels of challenge
Here is examples of work in Computing in 2016-2017
In Nursery the children have enjoyed exploring the Numicon software on the interactive white board linking Numicon pieces together and beginning to identify the relationships between the two numbers. The children have enjoyed using the iPads to take photos of objects around the classroom. The children had fun exploring the Bee-Bots and making it move by giving it instructions. They have also enjoyed exploring Mini Mash on Purple Mash where they have completed a range of activities.
Reception have enjoyed exploring and developing their understanding of the Numicon software on the interactive white board. They have used the balancing scales to weigh the Numicon pieces. They have sequenced a number of different stories on Clicker 7.
Year 1 have developed their understanding of emails. They have used Purple Mash to receive and reply to emails. They have learnt that it is important to use kind language when communicating via email. They have used the iPads to research their IPC topics and created a Popplet to show what they have learnt.
Year 3 have used the internet to carry out research about different parts of the body and created a presentation to share with the rest of the class. They have used the iPads to take photos of their learning in all subjects across the curriculum. Some children have used Clicker 7 to publish their English work.
Year 4 have used the internet to continue their research skills. They created PowerPoints on the River Nile and shared them with a partner. They used Scratch to develop their understanding of coding where they made a Sprite move and debug their movements if they weren’t quiet right.
Year 5 have used the iPads to find about particular topics throughout the year. They used Microsoft word to publish their newspaper article of the missing Megillah. This year the children have been part of our ever first Code Club. Code Club projects are a step by step guide for children to follow to create animations, games, websites and much more. The Children have built up their programming skills as they moved through the projects, and the challenges provided many opportunities to demonstrate and apply what’s been learnt.