Our Computing coordinator is Miss Riley.
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
The children at Towngate have opportunities to showcase their computing skills in wider school, children are encourage to join our Computing Club where they learn new skills, develop on previous skills and explore coding at a deeper level.
Staff frequently monitor the attainment of children using the National Curriculum statements and use this to inform their teaching. Leaders support staff in delivering the curriculum through regular training and discussions. Leaders gather knowledge of how the curriculum is being taught through work scrutinies, lesson observations and pupil interviews where children can articulate and demonstrate the skills they have been taught across the curriculum.
Computing in the Early Years
Children have access to a variety of technology through provision. They are able to use computers and iPads to play educational games that link with the wider curriculum, to create artwork and to develop their basic computing skills e.g. turning on a screen, typing on the keyboard, using the mouse.
Computing in Key Stage 1 and 2
In Key Stage 1 and 2 children have a timetabled opportunity to access computing lessons where they learn a range of skills, this is progressive accross the year groups.
“I like to make things using scratch. It is really fun and you can make your own animation.” Jack Y4
“I really like using the ipads to help me research new things. We can use them in lots of lessons.” Harry Y3
Coding club is held every Wednesday 3.15pm till 4pm by Miss Riley 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: