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Gamesley


Primary School

Computing

A Parent’s Guide to Computing at Gamesley School

Computers are now a part of everyday life and for most of us, technology is essential to our lives, both at home and at work. For our children to be ready for the workplace, they must be able to participate effectively in the digital world.

 

The 2014 national curriculum introduced a new subject, computing which replaced ICT.  The programme of study has been developed to equip children and young people with the skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for the rest of their lives.

 

Through the new programme of study, they will:

 

  • learn how computers and computer systems work;

  • design and build programmes;

  • develop ideas using technology.

 

At Gamesley School, we are very excited by the opportunities the new curriculum offers to this important area of learning.

 

Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed and children will gain an understanding of computational systems whether or not they include a computer.

Computational thinking is really important because it allows us to solve problems, design systems and to understand the limits of our own intelligence and that of machines. Children who are able to think computationally are better able to understand abstract concepts, understand and use computer-based technology and so are therefore better prepared for today’s world and the future.

 

At Gamesley School, we teach three distinct aspects of computing: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).

Computer science is the aspect of the subject in which children are taught about information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We teach this using a programme called Espresso Coding which allows children to explore key concepts such as algorithms, sequences and variables, and develop skills like problem-solving, logical reasoning and debugging. Staff have received outside training in the teaching of this element of the curriculum.

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.

 

The school has 4 banks of Chrome books. We deliver the curroculm using the "Purple Mash" scheme. 

 

Y1

Grouping and Sorting

Pictograms

Lego Builders

Animated Story Books

Coding

Spreadsheets

Technology Outside School

Y2

Coding

Spreadsheets

Questioning

Effective Searching

Creating Pictures

Making Music

 

Presenting Ideas

 

 

Y3

Coding

 

Spreadsheets

 

Touch Typing

 

Email

 

Branching Databases

Simulations

Graphing

 

 

Y4

Coding

Spreadsheets

Writing for Different Audiences

Logo

Animation

Hardware Investigators

 

Y5

Coding

Spreadsheets

Databases

Game Creator

Concept Maps

 

 

Y6

Coding

Spreadsheets

Blogging

Text Adventures

Networks

Quizzing

 

 

 

We also ensure that there is a strong focus on e safety. We teach children how to keep themselves safe and to treat others with respect. Children consider how their online actions impact other people and how they need to be aware of their legal and ethical responsibilities, such as showing respect for intellectual property rights (e.g. musical, literary and artistic works), keeping passwords and personal data secure and observing the terms and conditions for web services they use such as the 13+ age restriction on sites such as Facebook.

Through the very comprehensiive "Gooseberry Planet" materials which can also be accessed at home, children are taught that if they ever feel worried about anything they see on the internet, they should share their concerns with a parent or teacher and that they can talk directly to the police or in confidence to counsellors at Childline.

Year

Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 3

Spring 4

Summer 5

Summer 6

R/1

ThinkUKnow – Hectors World

Details, Details

Welcome to the Carnival

It’s a Serious Game

The Info Gang

Heroes

You’re Not Alone

2

Gooseberry Playground

People Online

 

Personal Information Perfect Passwords

Fake Profiles

 

Safe Selfies

 

Safe Sharing

 

Webcam Wise

 

Online Bullying

 

Online Gaming

 

Downloading Apps

3

Gooseberry Street

People Online

 

Perfect Passwords Staying Private Online

 

Safe Sharing

 

Location Sharing

Safe Sharing

Chat Rooms

Meeting Up

 

Phishing

4

Gooseberry Village

Digital Footprint

Click Jacking

 

 

Webcam Wise

Safe Sharing

 

Online Gaming

Webcam Wise

 

Illegal Downloading

Downloading Apps

 

Sexting

Perfect Passwords

 

5

Gooseberry Town

Digital Footprint

Junk E-mail

Location Sharing

Extreme Promises

Video Chats

Online Bullying

 

Online Gaming

Click Jacking

 

Fake Profiles

Pop Up Messages

6

Gooseberry City

Safe Sharing

 

Digital Footprint

 

Sexting

Safe Sharing

 

Grooming

Illegal Downloading

Perfect Passwords

Sexting

 

Grooming

Safe Sharing

 

Digital Footprint

 

 

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