Computing

Welcome to Computing at St Mary's!

Our vision is to embed computing in as many learning opportunities as possible. This will provide our children with concrete experiences of when and how they can use digital media in different aspects of their lives.

Children should develop Computing skills that can thoughtfully applied in a range of different situations, with children developing increasing independence in the choices they make over which technology to use to help them reach the desired outcome. As they progress through KS1 and 2 children will become increasing confident in the application of their digital skills, becoming increasingly efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and analysts, showing imagination and creativity in their use of ICT in different aspects of their learning and life beyond school.

Curriculum

Within both KS1 and KS2 there is an hour lesson planned and resources weekly along with extra Computing taught in cross-curricular lessons. Evidence of this will be shared on Tapestry.

To help ensure children have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, experiences and competencies with technology, the curriculum has been broken down into 5 key areas.

  • Using Technology
  • Algorithm and Programs
  • Data Retrieving and Organising
  • E-Safety
  • Communicating and Presenting

Computing at St Mary's

E-safety is a fundamental element of computing teaching and technology use at St Mary’s. Children will be taught E-Safety at the beginning of each year (Autumn Term 1). It will then be recapped at the beginning of each term and where necessary throughout the year.  Year 4 will be taught E-Safety during Summer 2, before the holidays, supporting the transition between schools.

To celebrate Safer Internet Day, February 2020 after a whole school assembly on Online Safety we shared a picture of our bear, Cabearnacus, onto our Facebook page and asked parents/carers/friends to share the picture and comment where in the world the bear could be seen from. After three days we then came together during a whole school assembly and found out that 14,000 people had seen it with comments from people around the world including Morpeth, Finland, Switzerland, Wales, Canada, New Zealand, Plymouth, Iowa US, Scotland, France, Australia and Ireland!

In Early Years children are given the opportunity to explore technology in the classroom environment. Children are given the opportunity to use technology to support with other cross curricular areas such as literacy and numeracy.  The children are provided with username and password for their own School 360 account and are encouraged to access resources at school and home. During child initiated play children have the opportunity to take part in Computing based activities through ‘diamond challenges’ as well as adult led sessions. E-Safety is taught and discussed during circle time activities and teacher led sessions.

In Key Stage 1 children create their own username and password for their school 360 account. Through this the children develop their computing skills. They present work created, learn how to save and retrieve it and use floor turtles and instructions for programming. E-Safety is taught at the beginning of the year and recapped at the start of each term and where necessary throughout the year.

In Key Stage 2 children present work using resources on School 360 they create their own publications, blogs and send/receive class emails. They use J2code to plan more complex sequences of instructions for on-screen turtles and test and amend these instructions for different purposes. E-Safety is taught at the beginning of the year and recapped at the start of each term and where necessary throughout the year. Year 4 will be taught E-Safety during Summer Term 2, before the holidays, supporting the transition between schools.

Here are some useful links about keeping safe on the Internet.

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