Welcome to the Computing page
"Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionise the way we learn."
Computing and our Curriculum
Computing is the subject title that covers the teaching and learning of specific computer skills, with an increased focus on computer programming. All children from Year 1 to Year 6 have one Computing session per week. Our new scheme includes exciting opportunities to become anything from "Game Testers" in year 2 to "Game Developers" in year 5. But to say its all fun and "games" would sell our scheme short, as there are planned opportunities to develop our computing skills in areas such as music, art, interface design, marketing and much more! The children are particularly enjoying using the Scratch software to create algorithms and debug programs
Scratch - click Felix to follow the link
Children have access to brand new laptops for their computing sessions and smaller netbooks and iPads for cross curricular ICT activities. Our class sets of iPads are being enjoyed by the children and new apps to support learning are being discovered and explored all the time. Work produced using the iPads has included multimedia presentations, research work, video and photo editing, animation and art work.
Alongside our computing lessons, the children at Birkdale Primary will enjoying the hour of code event. Whereby, children will be given an hour to produce something using the provided software. This year we will be coding on our IPADS. After this event, children again be offered the opportunity to boost their coding knowledge by attending our Code Club held in the Spring and Summer term depending on demand!
Take a look at last years group in action...
E-safety is an important part of our Computing/ICT and PSHE curriculum. This aspect is built in to our computing sessions and is also taught discreetly. We are learning how to stay safe online!
So far this year, we have heavily focused on the material available on the CEOP's Think U Know wesbite. Across years 1-3 we have looked specifically at the Hector's world material and discussed issues raised by the group's adventures. This is something you could look at together and reinforce at home. You may also wish to download the Hector tool, who will block the screen should anything inappropriate pop up!
Hector's World Videos - click the image to follow the link
Across years 4-6, we have been discussing the issues raised in the Think U Know Cyber Cafe. This tool allows children to see the what is good about the internet and what is not so good. It also provides them with ways in which they can get themselves out of bad situations. Again, this may be a good starting point to open up a dialogue about your children's online profile and habits.
Think U Know's Cyber Cafe tool - click the image to follow the link
Over the years, the children have also been introduced to childnet's SMART rules and the SMARTY crew who live by these rules. They set out 5 easy steps to staying safe online and making sure we avoid any upset. You may wish to print the SMART rules out and display them somewhere that will act as a constant reminder for your children (the fridge maybe?).
Childnet's SMART rules for internet usage -
click the poster to download the pdf version
A Smart Rules poster created
by Year 3 pupils
If you have any concerns about your child's safety online then we recommend you attend our e-safety sessions for parents. Parent's who attend our last session with guest speaker Jo Hodge found it very informative. If you are looking for some advice immediately then feel free to come into school and discuss your concerns with your child's teacher or seek help from the CEOP (Child Exploitation and Online Protection) website who have helped many families deal with e-safety issues.
CEOP website - click the image to follow the link
Here are some more websites to help you stay safe online:
For advice on cyberbullying visit www.bullying.co.uk
Go on an interactive internet adventure at www.cyberquoll.com.au
Get some tips and take a quiz at www.cybersmartkids.com.au
Learn lots about online safety at www.fkbko.co.uk
Play with techno cat in a virtual playground at www.ikeepsafe.org
Learn e-safety with Disney at www.disney.co.uk/DisneyOnline/Safesurfing
PHONEbrain is great for Year five and six! Visit www.phonebrain.org.uk
Additional downloadable resources will be made available below.
*** The link below shows how our computing programmes of study ***
*** they are organised in each year group, term by term ***