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Computing

Children have weekly Computing lessons using a range of digital devices including iPads and chrome books.  Computing links with Mathematics, Science and Design Technology and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.  The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.

  • Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as creating or sharing information or using search engines.
  • Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for learning or retrieving information, but also understanding its dangers.
  • Computer science helps children of all ages to understand how computers and programs work. It allows children the chance to learn simple computer programming, allowing children to create simple algorithms to solve problems.

The core of Computing is Computer Science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that children become digitally literate. They learn to develop their ideas using  information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Many computing lessons are delivered through the 'Rising Stars: Switched On Computing' scheme which includes regular teaching of online safety alongside the PSHE curriculum. Pupils are taught to be respectful and responsible online to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

Rising Stars: Switched on Computing has a different focus each half term which includes technology being used in ways that expose students to potential jobs available today, such as animators, architects or game developers. The scheme is inclusive of all and uses up to date software that enables our children to be creative and competent users of ICT. 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Y1

Rising Star: Switched on computing Unit 1.5 
We are Rhythmic

Using iPads, ScratchJr app, Garageband 

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing Unit 1.4
We are Publishers

Using iPad book creator app

E- Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 1.2
We are TV Chefs

Using iPads with tripods and clamps, camera and iMove

E- Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 1.6
We are Detectives

Using data to solve clues using iPads, Google Forms and Google Sheets

Y2

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 2.5
We are Animators

Using iPads/Chromebooks,
Stop Motion 

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 2.1
We are Astronauts

Using iPads/Chromebooks/
ScratchJr

E-safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 2.4
We are safe researchers 

Using iPads/Chromebooks, Popplet, Google Slides and custom search

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 2.6
We are Zoologists

 

Using iPads/Chromeboooks, Google Sheets/Docs/My
Maps/Slides
Camera and photo apps

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 2.3
We are Photographers

Using iPads/Chromebooks
Camera and photo apps
Snapseed

E-Safety

Y3

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 3.5
We are Co-Authors  

Creating an information website using Google Sites

E-safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 3.1
We are Programmers

Cracking codes/communicating securely using Scratch

E-Safety

 

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 3.4
We are who we are

Using Google Slides

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 3.6 
We are Opinion Pollsters 

Using Google Forms and Google Sheets

E-Safety

Y4

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 4.1
We are Software Developers

Using Scratch

E-Safety

 Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 4.4
We are Bloggers

Using Padlet website

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 4.3
We are Musicians

Using GarageBand on iPads

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 4.6
We are Meteorologists

Using Google Sheets

E-Safety

Y5

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 5.5
We are Adventure Gamers

Creating an interactive adventure using Google Slides and Powerpoint

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 5.2
We are cryptographers

Cracking codes, communicating securely using Scratch and Snap!

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 5.5
We are Adventure Gamers

Creating an interactive adventure using Google Slides and Powerpoint

E-Safety

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 5.1
We are game developers 

Creating a video game using Scratch and Kodu

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 5.4
We are Web Developers

Developing websites using Google sites

E-Safety

Y6

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 6.2
We are Computational Thinkers

Algorithms using Scratch and Snap!

E-Safety



Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 6.5
We are Advertisers

Using iPads

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 6.6
We are AI Developers

Using Scratch, Google Docs, Teachable Machine

E-Safety



Risingstar: Switched on computing: Unit 6.3
We are Publishers

 Creating a yearbook using Google Docs, Book Creator and Word

Rising Star: Switched on computing: Unit 6.4
We are Connected

Using Padlet/Wordpress

E-Safety