We follow the National Curriculum 2014 for computing.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The curriculum aims for pupils to be equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Children in our school have access to both laptops and ipads. These devices are used across the curriculum as well as during specific computing lessons.
E-Safety is covered in our school in a variety of ways including whole class e-safety lessons, small e-safety discussion groups, visits from Dorset Safer Schools team and posters to remind children of key elements of e-safety.
Creating a way through the maze!
We changed the look of the classroom to make room for a maze. In pairs, we wrote algorithms to help us navigate the maze and find a way out. We had to produce a key of our own to tell us what to do when we got to an intersection and met one of 4 different symbols.
Then, we had Miss Purdue test out our algorithms to see if they were correct.
Years 2, 3 and 4 have been working together to create dances. Skylark Class worked with Miss Keogh to write a sequence of dance moves that could be shown using symbols to create an algorithm.
They then taught Robin and Wren classes their routines.
The children did an amazing job and were able to perform their dances set to music.
An algorithm is a process or set of rules that is designed to be followed to create an outcome. Computer programs and apps follow these in order to work.