Computing

Here at Leagrave Primary School we recognise the importance of computing. We are all very aware that this is a central life skill which our pupils will need not only throughout their education but also in their future careers.

We feel it is essential to keep pace with these changes to ensure that we fulfil our school motto, ‘Striving for Excellence, Learning for Life’.

Computing is not just confined to stand alone lessons but is also covered in our creative curriculum.

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Scratch Program

We have invested heavily in different types of hardware, like Apple iPads and laptops, to ensure our pupils gain a varied skills base in order they can apply their knowledge in different ways.

This year we have explored new software such as Book Creator, iMovie, Maps and Scratch, which have created opportunities to develop ICT skills further.

What will your child be learning?

There are distinct stages for the new computing curriculum.

Key Stage 1 (5-6 year olds): Children will be learning about what algorithms are. This may be explained as a “set of instructions”. Teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. They will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.

Key Stage 2 (7-11 year olds): Slightly older primary school children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with more advanced concepts. They will continue to develop their logical reasoning skills and learn to use websites and other internet services. There will be more practice at using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting data and information.

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Year 1 Leagrave Primary School

Year 1

The children have been introduced to the following terms: algorithm, instructions and programming. They have programmed a toy to move around by inputting algorithms for the robots, predicting how the robot would move and debugging the program when they did not achieve the desired goal. The children have thoroughly enjoyed the unit “We are Painters” where they worked creatively to make animal patterns.

Year 2

Zohaib in Year 2 said “In Year 2, we have been learning to send emails. First, we learnt about being safe online and only sending emails to people that we know. Then, we sent emails to people that we know. Then, we sent emails to each other and our teacher. We learnt how to change the colour of text, how to underline parts of it and how to make it bold.”

Anthony added that he loved sending emails because it was different to talking.

Year 1 Leagrave Primary School
Year 1 Leagrave Primary School

Year 3

Children have linked their task to the topic of ‘Prey and Predators’ when creating their Scratch programs. Their task was to create a program where the predator would chase after and get their prey. Children gave each other feedback on how to improve or debug their programs.

Year 4

Pupils have been not only busy coding, but they have also incorporated Computing into other areas of curriculum. They used the app called Popplet to record questions for their online research. They have learnt lots since then.

During the unit ‘We Are Software Developers’, the pupils played and analysed educational computer games, identifying those features which made a game successful. They then planned and designed a game, with a clear target audience in mind. They created a working prototype, and then developed it further to add functionality. They tested their game and evaluated them.

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Year 5 Summer Leagrave Primary School

Year 5

We all know how important it is to stay safe online. Year 5 are now the experts! They have looked in depth into cyber bullying and trolling. They have created many helpful resources that they hope will help other people and make them think before they post anything mean and unkind online. Most of all, they all know how to report unwanted behaviour online.

Year 6

In Year 5, children are obsessed with QR codes! They are an amazing resource and make learning so much fun. During their World War topic, children used QR code readers on the iPads to research key facts about their theme. There was a lot of competitiveness but also laughter.

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