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How we teach computing…
Teachers have both a professional and moral responsibility to prepare pupils for their future life. Computing gives teachers an opportunity to help children develop the transferable technological skills that they will need to integrate into modern society.
The core computing skills and knowledge outlined in the National Curriculum (read by clicking here https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/239033/PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Computing.pdf ) are taught discretely in weekly sessions.
Pupils are also given an opportunity to apply these skills, in context, to enhance learning across the curriculum. For example, pupils will be given a chance to apply their understanding of how to use search engines when given the task to research for a purpose within a different subject discipline.
Children have access to both iPads and laptops to facilitate learning in this area of the curriculum, and help them to develop the skills needed to use the different types of hardware they will encounter in life. The core school values of independence, creativity and respect are instilled when learning in this subject: children are given opportunities to work independently; children have the chance to use technology to create content and problem solve and children learn about the importance of being a respectful member of theonline community.
As well as a tool for teaching specific ICT skills, at St. Stephen's Junior school we use iPads to enrich our delivery of the curriculum we offer to your children.
iPads are an effective tool for teaching as, in addition to providing pupils with portable internet access, they are able to run programs called ‘Apps’: many of which are designed to support and enhance the learning experience of children.
A diversity of different ‘Apps’ are available from the Apple App store that you can use at home to support the education of your child. Many are recommended on the link below:
In school we use a number of different Apps, of which some of the most popular are listed below:
- Alex (to help learn coding)
- Garage Band
We like like to use technology to enhance learning at St Stephen's in a variety of ways, for instance with KAHOOT – a way for children to be assessed at the end of the lesson through an interactive quiz!
Coding is an important part of the new Computing curriculum. At school we are currently using a learning resource on the website Purple Mash to facilitate part of this. Feel free to have a look at some of the activities your children will be undertaking by visiting the link below and opening ‘2Code’:
You will need to log in to access the Purple Mash site. Any parents interested, please see your child's respective class teacher.
Lego WeDo 2.0
We have also invested in Lego WeDo to enrich our computing curriculum further, and extend the learning of our older children.
It is a unique combination of LEGO bricks, easy-to-use software and stimulating projects – all aligned to the KS2 computing curriculum and allows our children to make models, and then use the software to create code to instruct the models to perform specific functions.
As described on the Lego Eduation website, LEGO Education WeDo 2.0 makes primary computing a tangible hands-on experience for pupils. With LEGO Education WeDo 2.0, KS2 pupils will be able to get an invaluable head start with the computing curriculum and it encourages them to be curious and ask questions.
www.studio.code.org - is a website that we will be using to teach some of the skills associated with the coding section of the National Curriculum. Children learn about coding here in a variety of exciting ways for example by coding their own Flappy Birds game! It is a resource that can be enjoyed at home as well as in school, so feel free to explore with your children.