Welcome to the world of Computing

With the launch of the new 2014 National Curriculum, Computing is the new name for what was referred to as ICT (Information and Communications Technology) in the previous version and IT (Information Technology in the version before that).

Essentially, the main difference is that the aspect of computer programming or ‘Coding‘ as it is referred to, has a much higher profile.

The children will still learn the things they have in the past such as;

  • Using the internet effectively and Safely.
  • Collecting and Processing images 
  • Wordprocessing
  • Desktop publishing
  • Data processing such as spreadsheets, databases and data-logging.
  • Computer modelling.

 

The focus on Coding is intended to better prepare our children for the digital world they live in and the industries they may be involved in later in life.

For the Coding aspect of the curriculum there are a variety of programs that will be used and some of these are easily accessed by the children at home.

The three main programs being used are: Espresso Coding, Scratch, code.org and Kodu. I will provide more information to children, parents and carers about these programs as each becomes relevant to them.

General Information

  • The Academy operates a secure filtered network running forensic software to monitor activity on a new server installed in the 2014 Summer break.
  • Each child has an individual password protected login to the system and a dedicated personal Microsoft Office Outlook account for email (For use in and out of school).
  • Access is via an up-to-date wireless network installed in 2013
  • Each classroom is equipped with an Interactive Whiteboard and Key Stage 2 classrooms all have the latest touchscreen HD displays.
  • Foundation Stage children access Computing via a mixture of desktop computers and portable devices called Fizzbooks which are essentially small touchscreen netbooks.
  • Key Stage 1 and 2 children access Computing via a mixture of desktop computers and laptops. Computing is taught as a discreet lesson each week with each child having access to their own machine.
  • The Academy also has a whole range of ancillary equipment such as cameras, microscopes and programmable toys.

If you require information or have any questions about computing at the Academy please contact Mr Ian Jones the subject leader at ijones@glebeacademy.co.uk 

Take a look at some examples of computing in school

Medical Advances

Year 6 children investigated the biggest medical advances over the last 100 years. They transferred their finding onto a timeline and thought about what medical advances may happen in the near future.

November 2018 Year 6  Medical Advances

November 2018 Year 6  Medical Breakthroughs

Newspapers
Year 6 looked at the impact of significant people in history. As part of our PSE, we wrote newspaper reports based on Rosa Parks and her stand against inequality.

November 2018 Year 6  Newspaper Rosa Parks

November 2018 Year 6  Newspaper Rosa Parks

December 2015 Year 2  Hour of Coding

November 2015 FS2  BeeBot Fun

Useful websites for computing

www.spellzone.com
Activities and games to support spelling patterns for all age groups

www.padlet.com
Resource to enable children to hold a class discussion. Used at Glebe to support debates in RE, PSE and English.

www.happysoft.org.uk/countdown
A resource to develop skills in spelling and understanding of spelling rules. Numbers game allows children to develop understanding of number

www.bluesquarething.co.uk/geography/dragdropmap/frontsbigweathermap.html
Resource to allow the children to create real weather maps. These are used to develop speaking skills across the school and Y6 use them to develop weather reports to be written in Spanish

www.code.org
A website that allows children to develop and practice their coding skills

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