Computing

Pupil Voice Computing

I like playing games on the iPads.

Reception pupil

Computing is really useful because it teaches me how to stay safe when I am online.

Year 4 pupil

I really like using the iPads. They are fun and help me in Maths.

Year 2 pupil

In Computing, we have been making our own games on Scratch. This was really good.

Year 5 pupil

The National Curriculum for Computing can be broken down into three key areas of study: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT), Digital Literacy (DL). With a changing world, focused on the creation and application of technology, we at St. Andrew’s aim to ensure all children are able to meet and exceed the expectations outlined in the aforementioned three key areas.

At an age-appropriate level, children are taught:

  • How to access information on the internet and use search engines
  • How to publish information
  • Using code to begin to program and create software
  • Increase typing speed and fluency
  • Understand what information needs to be kept private, what behaviour isn’t acceptable online and how to stay safe when using the internet.

Below is the computing curriculum broken down into year groups along with each year groups non-negotiables:

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Going for Gold!

To be Gold in Computing:

·         Children will go beyond the requirements of the Computing scheme of work for their year group.
·         Children will also competently use the internet and understand how to do so safely.
·         Computational thinking and appropriate language will be used when discussing processes, algorithms and de-bugging complex codes.
·         Gold children will also be confident in using a range of programs to complete a task.

Here are some examples of our higher level computing work:

 

 

Problem Solving in Computing!

 

 

The computational thinking aspect of the computing curriculum is about looking at a problem in a way that a computer can help us to solve it. This is a two-step process:

1. First, we think about the steps needed to solve a problem.

2. Then, we use our technical skills to get the computer working on the problem.

Computational thinking can be developed across the curriculum in many ways such as:

  • When the children write stories, they are encouraged to plan first: to think about the main events and identify the settings and the characters.
  • In art, music or design and technology, the children will think about what they are going to create and how they will work through the steps necessary for this, by breaking down a complex process into a number of planned phases.
  • In maths, the children will identify the key information in a problem before they go on to solve it.

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Computing Work From Across The School

Computing Updates

Destination: Gold

Here is an awesome and informative example of working towards gold from the Year 6s. This research topic is all about North America, our theme for the Geography Focus Day. Just like a professional travel brochure, it contains both human features (Disney Land) and physical features (The Rocky Mountains) that people may want to visit. There is also clearly labelled maps to show us where we can find North America. Brilliant research Year... read more

Computing with Problem Solving

In year 2, the children have been using the bee-bots and ‘fake-bots’. They have been using the bee-bots to help with their problem solving and critical thinking skills. Through various challenges the children have been learning how to direct the bee-bots around a variety of routes, helping them to develop an understanding of the programming language. The children have then had to use their problem solving skills when making mistakes to debug their route and correct... read more

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