At Queen Emma we recognise the importance of Computing and understand the influence technology has in their current lives and will continue to have in the future. We aim to teach the children to be safe, confident and creative in their approach to computing. The National Curriculum states ‘a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.’
The table below outlines the areas of the curriculum and when they will be taught.
By the end of the Foundation Stage, the curriculum states children should ‘recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.’ We give children opportunities to explore technology in fun and purposeful ways.
|Y1||Logging on/off, keyboard skills||Following instructions to use a simple program Introduction to ‘Scratch’: Creating a moving sprite Introduction to animation||Opening and saving an existing project i.e. Scratch. Using the internet for different purposes. Internet safety|
|Y2||Combining pictures and text. Introduction to Photostory||Scratch: modelling Great Fire of London and the adventures of Shackleton. Photostory: George’s Marvellous Medicine||Introduction to ‘Makewavs’ Skype: Queen Edith Minibeast research Captain Hook research|
|Y3||Internet safety. Makewav.es Internet research. Photostory presentation on endangered animals||Scratch: Quiz. Internet safety. Makewav.es||Multimedia presentation. Scratch: Virtual garden|
|Y4||Scratch: Quizzes. Repeat coding course||Internet safety. Makewav.es. Coding course||Multimedia: art package, sound recording & manipulation. Scratch: Digestion simulation|
|Y5||Programming and Scratch: Drawing shapes, debugging programs and creating quizzes.||Internet Research and Data: Developing key skills when researching a subject. Discussing using notes to create an informative piece of written work.||Programs and Games: Design, write and debug programs and games.|
|Y6||Purple Mash. Coding.||Purple Mash. Online Safety. Spreadsheets.||Purple Mash. Blogging. Text Adventures. Networks. Quizzing.|
|Networks and the Internet: Understanding how the internet moves around a network, passing data from one space to another.||Data Programming: Design, write and debug programs.||Online Safety: Looking at the importance of being safe on the internet. *Please note that while this is a focus for this half term, within every half term, this area is discussed to develop the children’s understanding.|
Information for Parents
E-safety is is taken very seriously by all staff and children at Queen Emma. Please see our E-Safety Policy on our Policies page.
Following our successful E-Safety session with ‘the 2 Johns’ and Safer Internet Day (14.2.17), we have written a guide for parents who are unsure about apps and the internet. Please read through this with your children. Please see below the Later Years E-Safety Parent Guide: