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 with access to laptops and iPads to carry out their work. We aim to increase the number of devices we have at school by the end of 2018... watch this space!
New for 2018- Purple Mash has arrived!
We are delighted to announce that we now subscribe to the fantastic Purple Mash software and will be using this in Computing sessions, as well as for cross-curricular ICT! All pupils have their very own Purple Mash login and can also access their work from home. Teachers may set additional activities for optional homework, which children will receive in the 'alerts' on the website. They can also 'hand in' work and check what feedback they have been given, providing a fully interactive approach to learning!
Purple Mash provides software to cover all areas of the Computing Curriculum, from coding to spreadsheets to blogging to e-safety... and everything in between! We are all really enjoying using it so far!
Scan this QR code to see some of our work!
Login to Purple Mash at: www.purplemash.com/birkdale
You can find links to our Computing Curriculum Overviews at the bottom of the page!
At the start of this year, children from each class put themselves forward to be nominated to be their class Digital Leader. Digital Leaders will meet on a weekly basis to discuss Computing in all its forms and also be relied upon to help others in their class and look after the ICT equipment we have in school. These Digital Leaders will help to promote e-Safety within school by delivering an e-Safety assembly to peers and also by organising competitions and events.
Hour of Code
Alongside our computing lessons, the children at Birkdale Primary will be enjoying the Hour of Code event, (which will take place in Summer Term at our school) whereby, children will be given an hour to produce something using the provided software. This year we will be coding on our iPads. Hour of Code is always a fun event that the whole school takes part in!
Code Club took part in Autumn Term this year and was a fantastic success! Children from across KS2 took part in sessions every Thursday after school, where they were able to create their own computer programs and games using Scratch and Purple Mash software. They also enjoyed programming our school robot, Elvis, and teaching him some new moves!
Scratch - click Felix to follow the link
E-safety and Safer Internet Day
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 in a block during the Autumn Term. We are learning how to stay safe online!
So far this year, we focused on the material available on the CEOP's Think U Know website. 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. 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
E-safety- Parent Workshops
If you have any concerns about your child's safety online then we recommend you attend our e-safety sessions for parents. Our next session will take place in Summer Term 2018! Parents who attended 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.