Technology and computing has become an important part of most people’s lives. We would like to ensure that all children in our school can become competent and confident users of ICT, ready for their adult life.
The curriculum has been updated to focus on ‘computing’ in line with the proposed new curriculum. The computing subject covers all objectives for the new national curriculum for Key Stage One, over Year One and Year Two. Planning in EYFS relates to the Development Matters document and the larger objective of ‘Understanding the World’. The computing curriculum has been designed to give the children breadth of understanding of technology using a variety of tools and equipment.
We have a commitment to ensuring we have equipment that is relevant to the age and stage of the children, and that we embrace and introduce new technologies where relevant. To enhance the curriculum the children are able to access a range of technology in the school including desktop computers in the computing suite, programmable toys and iPads for classroom and group use. Children are able to develop and progress their skills in computing each year to build on prior knowledge and skills they have been taught before.
We have a commitment as a school to ensure that all children are online-safe using technology and the internet. All classes have a poster displayed to promote the key tips for being online-safe. Each half term the children have an online-safety lesson during their computing slot to recap these tips and procedures.
Children across the school have enjoyed using a range of technology and can talk about how this technology can help their learning in other curriculum areas.
We use Purple Mash at Toftwood Infant School to develop children’s understanding of computer science. The children learn to write simple algorithms (precise sets of instructions that we give technology to follow) in a fun and engaging way. Quite a few of the children have said that they would love to grow up and to be able to make computer games like Minecraft and the skills that Purple Mash develops allows the children to develop a wide range of their computer skills.
As well as developing children’s computer science skills, it also has lots of creative tools that we use with the children. For example, we have previously use MashCams to import our own photos into different characters to enrich our literacy work – we have used astronauts for the topic of space in Year 1.
It also links with other curriculum areas, like Music. An example of this was seen in KS1 have made their own musical scores and compositions.
You are able to access Purple Mash at home too! Please ask your child’s class teacher for the class log in. If you are logging in with the username and password, please remind your child of the Online-Safety tips.
Please remember password safety and do not share passwords with others.
Computing in the Spring Term
Some of the children in Nursery have been using the computers to research about fire and chopsticks. They were able to look at pictures to make their own fire and also watched videos about how to use chopsticks.
Children in reception have been researching about where they live and about animals they want to find more about. They have used Google Earth to find out about where they live and have used Google to look at pictures and videos about animals they want to know more about.
Some of the children have been able to move the beebot around the maze using the controls on the computer. They have been able to select the arrows using the mouse to turn the beebot and also move it forwards and backwards.
Year 1 have been using the new beebot maze creators. The children can make their own beebot maze using the smaller pieces of wood and then program the beebot to move around the maze in smaller instructions. They had the challenge of writing the algorithm for the whole maze and the children could de-bug their beebot if it did not reach the finish.
Year 2 have been linking their computing lessons to their topic ‘Art Around the World’. They used Google Earth to look at Dereham and surrounding areas such as Norwich. The next lesson they looked at places in the England and then finally they explored different countries around the World. They really enjoyed finding familiar places such as McDonalds, Tescos, Disneyland Paris and the Eiffel Tower.
Computing in the Autumn Term
Nursery have created their own designs for a Christmas tree. They used Purple Mash to draw decorations on a template of a Christmas tree. The children then printed their designs and went to collect them from the photocopier. The children were so excited to see that their design was waiting for them!
Year 1 have been following and writing algorithms (clear, precise instructions for a computer). They have used the beebot maps and app on the ipads to help with their learning of this. They had to give the beebots clear instructions to move it around from a starting point to an end point.
The children have also linked computing and outdoor learning through the use of ipads. They took pictures of signs of Autumn so that they could share what they had found and talk about how the seasons change.
Year two have also being learning about algorithms. They used the beebot maps to create instructions for the beebot and used direction cards to record the algorithm they had made. They developed their knowledge further through using logical reasoning to give the beebot the whole instruction instead of giving it lots of smaller instructions to get to the desired location.
Computing in the Summer term
The children in Nursery have been using the computers and interactive screen to find out information and pictures, to create drawings and to also make a picture by moving objects around the screen.
Reception have been using the computing suite to develop their mouse and keyboard skills. They used the cbeebies website to play games, listen stories and draw pictures. They also had the chance to use iPad apps too.
Year 1 children have had the chance to become illustrators and authors using the computers. They have used a programme on PurpleMash to recreate a well-known story. The example below is of The Ugly Ducking. The children have also added special effects and sounds for each page.
Year 2 have been using iPads during their topic sessions about minibeasts. They took iPads outside to take photographs of minibeasts and their habitats. They then went back into the classroom and looked at the photos to help complete a sheet about habitats.
Nursery have been using the interactive screen and laptop to ‘teach their monster to read’. They have been accessing the website www.teachyourmonstertoread.com and completing the games. Some children have logged in at home and brought their password into school to show their monsters to the class.
Reception have used a variety of different technologies in the classroom. They have been learning how to change the page on textease, how to listen to a story CD using the listening centre and even how to use Google Earth to research the local area!
They have also used technology outside and around the school. They have taken their own pictures using a digital camera and scanned their own library books.
Year 1 have made links with Computing and Maths. They were learning about directions and positional language. Each class used the beebots to give directions and move around a beebot map. They used the language of left turn, right turn, straight on, forwards, backwards to move the beebot. They then thought about how they could record the directions on their whiteboards.
Year One have been using Purple Mash online to create a picture about their topic ‘Food and Farming’. They learnt how to save their work and open it the next lesson to add a caption about their picture.
They have also learnt the term algorithm (a set of clear, precise instructions) and gave verbal instructions for Rob the robot to move around the classroom. They then tested their knowledge to program a beebot to move around a maze on the ipads and computers.
Year 2 used beebots to teach about direction, position and movement. They made links between Computing and Maths by giving directions of how to move the beebots around the space mat. They also recorded these algorithms on a sheet. The children used the iPad beebot app to also learn about position and direction.
Year Two have developed their understanding of algorithms (a set of clear, precise instructions) further by making their own mazes with multilink for the beebots to move around. They challenged themselves to give more than one instruction to the beebot at a time. They used the beebot app on the ipads too.
Year 3 have been working on our word processing speed/typing skills. We have used dance mat typing to help us learn how to type correctly and consolidated our learning in English and topic by typing up our non-chronological reports and Iron Age posters!
We have also been continuing to learn about coding, using the code4life website and writing code and algorithms to direct a car around a track.
Year 4 have also been working on word processing speed/typing skills. We have been using scratch to learn how to manipulate sprites to begin creating a game. Furthermore we used PowerPoint to create a presentation on the Islamic Pilgrimage and used iPads to create our own movie trailer!
Year 5 have been concentrating on improving their typing speed by using touch typing and creating spreadsheets. We were given sets of data to input into different cells. Year 5 learnt how to calculate their data quickly by using the ‘auto sum’ button. This led to us creating our own spreadsheets where we tried using different formulas.
Year 6: Year 6 have continued to practice their typing skills and creating music using the app Garage Band. Likewise to year 5 they have created spreadsheets to present data and represented those using graphs. They have also created PowerPoints of the Holt Hall trip.