Computing

Our Computing coordinator is Miss Haigh.

Technology is an integral part of everyday life. At Towngate, we hope to prepare our children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology. Our main priority of computing at Towngate is to engage children with cross-curricular learning through interacting with technology.

We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of ICT. As well as the benefits of ICT we are also aware of the risks, this is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of e-safety awareness sessions and safer internet days.

Intent

At Towngate Primary Academy, we recognise that children are living within an increasingly technological world and aim to provide them with the vital skills and knowledge to be confident in this area. We ensure that children are exposed to a progressive computing curriculum in which they can demonstrate an understanding of the skills, knowledge and vocabulary relevant to their age that additionally allows them to revisit the skills and knowledge they have learned through their prior years. This is achieved using the carefully developed ‘Progression Grid’ that allows staff to identify what has been taught prior/next in order to maximise pupil progress. We use the ‘Rising Stars: Switched On Computing’ scheme from Year 1 to Year 6 to meet the aims of the National Curriculum. This is a progressive planning tool that ensures that online safety is taught as a prerequisite and then woven in line with the Computing curriculum, in order to have optimum impact. In the classrooms children have opportunities to use a wide range of computing equipment and apps such as; Plicker, IPads and laptops. Within the Early Years, children are provided with early experiences of technology through having opportunities to handle technology purposefully such as; BeeBots, IPads, interactive whiteboard and having access to simple programmes on computers. As children leave primary school, we aim for children to transfer this knowledge and have the confidence to implement these skills in everyday situations.

Implementation

Every class has a timetabled opportunity to use the computers and can book out the iPads. Computing is a very cross-curricular subject with children having the opportunity to apply their computing skills across other subjects. We encourage staff to incorporate technology throughout the wider curriculum and use these skills to research and present writing in a variety of ways. Each class has access to SMART boards and teaching is delivered using this technology. Skills are covered through a two year rolling programme to ensure that children are taught the appropriate skills to support their development.

In The Early Years, computing encourages creativity, activeness, exploration, playfulness and promotes critical thinking. Children have the opportunities to access technology in the provision.  The children are provided with a range of opportunities to use the Smart interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads.  The children also have access to  CD players, technological coding toys, digital cameras and recording equipment as well as a range of other technical equipment.

Key Stage 1, children are beginning to develop their computing skills through using a range of technology such as Bee Bots, Computers and i-pads. To encourage children to recognise the value of using technology we teach skills through termly topic links. Children develop their skills to navigate around a computer and use a range of Microsoft programmes to copy and paste images and insert text boxes. The use of the internet to search images is incorporated alongside internet safety to reinforce the importance.

In Key Stage 2, children build upon previous skills and apply these to a variety of different technology. The use of the green screen and various apps provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in a variety of contexts.

Impact

At Towngate, we encourage our children to enjoy the curriculum we deliver. We want learners to appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education in computing.

The impact will allow children to gain a greater knowledge of the skills needed throughout the computing curriculum and have access to vocabulary within this subject, showing a confident and articulate understanding of the subject matte.

Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. The children at Towngate have opportunities to showcase their computing skills in wider school. The children are encouraged to join our Computing Club where they learn new skills, develop on previous skills and explore coding at a deeper level.  Children will understand the vital role computing plays within society and how it is used for everyday life. Importantly, children will understand and value the importance of online safety, by keeping safe whilst accessing devices.

Coding Club

Coding club is held every Wednesday 3.15pm till 4pm by Miss Haigh and Miss Kilbride for children in Key Stage 2. Children who have a keen interest in learning how to code or want to develop their coding skills further are welcome to sign-up at the office.

Access code.org here by clicking on the link https://code.org to complete an hour of code session like the one pictured above.

For each completed session you earn a certificate!

Code a Dance Party to share with friends – https://studio.code.org/s/dance-2019/stage/1/puzzle/1

Have fun coding with Minecraft –  https://studio.code.org/s/mc/stage/1/puzzle/1

Code with Anna and Elsa from Frozen – https://studio.code.org/s/frozen/stage/1/puzzle/1

Learn to program droids and create your own Star Wars game – https://code.org/starwars

Make a basketball game or mix and match across sports – https://code.org/athletes

Create your own ‘Flappy Bird’ game – https://studio.code.org/flappy/1

Please visit our twitter feed to see what we are learning across the school in Computing:

#computingTPA