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Computing

COMPUTING STATEMENT OF INTENT

At Mudeford Junior School, we provide an exciting curriculum which prepares our children for a challenging and fast changing Digital World. Through their exploration of a variety of stimulating programs, digital devices and discussion, children are exposed to the essential knowledge needed to stay safe whilst online. They have the opportunity to develop a high level of basic skills which will be essential in their future learning. With the use of research based techniques, children develop computational thinking, independence and resilience to predict, modify, use and make code in diverse contexts. Units of work are balanced across the three different areas: ICT, Digital Literacy and Computer Science. They are taught in half termly topics with purposeful links to other curriculum areas giving children access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures.

By the time children leave Mudeford Junior School, they show confidence in computational thinking, independence in problem solving and are ready to confidently use their computing skills in further education and beyond.   

Digital Literacy

As children progress through the school, it is crucial that they learn to balance the great benefits offered by technology with a critical awareness of their own and other’s online behaviour. Throughout the E-safety units and within each computing unit, children develop affective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. E-safety units focus on the knowledge and skills relevant to each age group and some sessions (when needed) take account of current issues highlighted in the media and within the school or home setting. E-safety coverage focuses on eight main areas: Self-image and Identity, Online relationships, Online Reputation, Online bullying, Managing Online Information, Health-Wellbeing and Lifestyle, Privacy and Security, Copyright and Ownership. Some E-safety objectives will be covered within Relationship Education. Digital Leaders in school provide support for others by helping to promote safe and appropriate online behaviours.

Information Technology

We believe the basic skills in ICT are essential for further education and life. They provide learners with an initial layer of skills needed for secondary school and future work. Word processing skills are learnt using Microsoft Word and PowerPoint/Adobe Spark are used to develop skills in multimedia presenting and web design. Children progress from branching databases to manipulate data and formulas in Microsoft Excel. IPads are used to teach animation linked to poetry on the Stop Motion Animation APP and children learn the skills needed to create a short documentary using iMovie linked to a Geography topic. Teaching of ICT will allow children to consolidate learning in many other areas of the curriculum.

Computer Science

In computer science, we use a structured approach to teaching programming based on research. Scratch is used to develop children’s computational thinking and problem solving. Code comprehension methods are used within most units which follow a structure where children start with examining good quality examples of code. This is followed by the children modifying the code and finally creating their own project (Use-Modify-Create) Children progress from inputs/outputs, loops and sequences to selection, procedures and variables. Children are strongly encouraged to independently debug their code. Once children have reached a good level of skill, they have the opportunity to apply their coding skills to STEAM related projects with the use of crumble kits and Lego We Do project.

September 2020 

 

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With children spending more and more time online we continue to promote the need to keep our children safe online whilst still allowing them to have fun and enjoy all that the internet offers. Last term Year 5 and 6 had the great opportunity of attending an e-safety workshop led by Andrew Williams (E-safety consultant from SWGfL) He provided us with some very useful advice and guidance for Parents and Caregivers about keeping children safe online. Two of his videos can be viewed in the E-safety section of the website. 

Parents Q&A Video and the Parent Training Video can be found in the E-safety section of the Video Resource Centre

Parents Q&A Video

Thank you to the parents who e-mailed in with questions for Andrew Williams (SWGFfL) On this video, he answers some of your questions about the easiest ways to keep your children safe online, how to keep children safe in terms of content on YouTube, managing children's friends online, where to find more information about keeping children safe online, what the biggest online risks are and the best service, platform APPS available to parents in order to provide the best protection online. Please also take a look at  Andrew's Parenting Online training video and visit the SWGfL website for more information. 

E-safety Parent Training Video can be viewed in the Video Resource Centre on this website

On this video Andrew Williams (SWGfL) gives advice on E-safety and parenting online. For more information please head to the SWGfL website. 

For E-safety Advice and Guidance.....

Please see the E-safety section of the website.

INTERNET SAFETY DAY - SAVE THE DATE - Tuesday 8th February 2022 Click here for information and resources. 

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