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East Acton Primary School "Growing Together"

Computing

It is our aim to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

We intend to build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them that ensures all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.

We intend to build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. East Acton Primary School serves a diverse community of children with a wide and differing range personal experiences of technology and we believe it is important to ensure they are equipped with the skills to not only be consumers but developers of content in the future.

 

We follow a clear and effective, cross curricular scheme of work (Rising Stars-Switched on Computing) that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of: Programming, Computational Thinking, Creativity, Computer Networks, Communication/Collaboration and Productivity. Access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

Children have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications

Children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.

The importance of online safety and the safe use of digital systems is shown through displays within the learning environment and computer suite and is reinforced in lessons.

Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.

Families are provided with guidance and workshops on eSafety and how to access quality online home learning through the school website, letters and parent workshops.

Families are provided with technology/hardware if they have limited/no access to the Internet at home wherever possible.

 

 

Code Club

Code Club is a weekly Computing club which focuses on improving pupils' coding skills. Members of the club then use their skills to promote computing throughout the school and assist their peers in computing lessons. Check out some of the projects we have been working on. 

'Lost in Space' 

This project tested our ability to add movement to sprites, as well as changing their size and colour. Below is a link to one that someone in another Code Club has made. You can check the code they used and edit it in order to make a 'remixed' version of your own. 

'Rock Band'

We began Code Club with some CODING (of course). We used Scratch (a free online coding website) to create a 'Rock Band' program. We assembled instruments, a stage, a singer and then coded them so they made 'music'. Or something resembling  music. Check out the images below and get in touch with the children if you want to have a go yourself. cool

 

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