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
The children have continued to explore a range of Technology during the Spring term. They have been using the computers to play games and have particularly enjoyed exploring the Jolly Phonics programme.
They have also been using the interactive screen to write and draw and play money games that we have looked at in maths.
They children have been talking about technology that we use in everyday life such as phones and cameras and learning how to make a phone call.
Year 1 have enjoyed using Google Earth this term to look at different hot and cold countries. They learnt how to locate a country and then use the mouse to move around and look at the different features.
We used Purple Mash to create our own Weather Reporter and Astronaut mashcams.
We used a programme called Spex+ to design and create our own moon bases. We had to move and rotate objects as well as evaluating our designs in order to improve them.
The children in year 2 have been using Purple Mash to create and debug their own simple programs. They used 2Beat to create their own musical score. They also used 2Create on Purple Mash to create their own version of the Storm Whale, helping them to practice their mouse and typing skills.
As part of their ‘Art around the World’ topic, they have been using Google Earth to virtually visit places in our local area and further around the world.
Computing in the Autumn Term
The children in Nursery and Reception have been using a range of different technology to develop their computing skills. They have been using the interactive screens to mark make and to carefully move items on screen to decorate a Christmas tree. The children have also been using programs such as www.phonicsplay.co.uk to help with hearing initial sounds and blending words as well as helping to develop their mouse and keyboard skills.
The year 1 children have been using Mini Mash to create simple algorithms (a clear and precise set of instructions for a computer). They have learnt how to follow algorithms as well as writing their own. They have also used Mini Mash to help with their mouse and keyboard skills.
Year 2 have also being learning about algorithms this term. They used Beebots to create an algorithm to enable their nocturnal animal to find a route home. They were able to plan their route in groups and then input their algorithm into the Beebot for it to carry out.
The children also used Beebots to locate different places in the United Kingdom on a map.
Computing in the Summer Term
Some children in Nursery have used the computer to research different animals. They researching the different types of dinosaurs and their names.
The children in reception have been visiting the computing suite to use the computers. They have been using the mouse and keyboard to develop their control too. The children have been able to draw using Purple Mash. They have created minibeasts and have written the name of the insect they had drawn.
Year 1 have used Textease to create their own drawing about their trip to Holkham Hall and their favourite part of the year. They added a caption about what they had drawn too. The children used different tools on Textease to create these designs too.
Year 2 have used an internet search engine to research different artists. They used Textease to import a picture of their artwork or a picture of the artist they had chosen. They then added text about the artist’s life.
Year 3 have been working on their word processing and typing skills. They have used dance mat typing to help them learn how to type correctly and consolidated their learning from Literacy and their topic by typing up non-chronological reports and creating posters.
They have been continuing to learn about coding using the code4life website and writing code and algorithms to direct a vehicle.
Year 4 have also been developing their word processing and typing skills. They have been using Scratch to learn how to manipulate sprites to begin creating a game. The children then used PowerPoint to create presentations on the Islamic Pilgrimage and used iPads to create movie trailers!
Year 5 have been concentrating on improving their typing speed by using touch typing skills and creating spreadsheets. The children have used their spreadsheets and know how to complete calculations using the ‘auto sum’ function.
Year 6 have continued to develop their typing skills and have created music using the Garage Band app. The children have also extended their spreadsheet knowledge and have presented data in different ways, such as in numerical or graphical form. The children have also created PowerPoints following their Holt Hall residential trip.