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Computing at Macaulay

 

Through computing lessons and cross curricular links, we want to equip and inspire our pupils to become confident users of technology. We provide a range of learning opportunities to prepare them for the future. 

 

Our aim is to:

 

  • Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging computing curriculum for all pupils. 

  • Enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives. 

  • Give children access to a variety of high quality hardware, software and unplugged resources. 

  • Instill critical thinking and a ‘can do’ attitude for all our pupils, particularly when engaging with technology and its associated resources. 

  • Teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology. 

  • Teach pupils to understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated. 

  • Equip pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others. 

  • Use technology imaginatively and creatively to inspire and engage all pupils.

 

Our Computing curriculum is split into three strands:

 

  • Digital Literacy

  • Computer Science

  • Information Technology

 

 

OUR TERMLY COMPUTING FOCUS

 

Autumn Term:

Digital Literacy - E Safety/ IT in the world

Information Technology - Basic Skills

 

Spring Term:

Computer Science - Computational Thinking

 

Summer Term: 

Information Technology - Multimedia and communication

Digital Literacy - Using information

Computer Science - Networks and the web

 

USEFUL LINKS

 

Computer science

 

Scratch:                        https://scratch.mit.edu/

Scratch Jnr (KS1):       https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/scratchjr/id895485086

Kodu:                            http://www.kodugamelab.com/

Cracking the code:    https://www.bbc.co.uk/teach/ks1-computing/z7qtrj6

code.org:                      https://code.org/

 

Information Technology

 

Dance mat typing:      https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr

 

E Safety

 

Year 3 have been learning about how to create a safe password. Have a look at their tips! 

 

Year 2 have been sorting information.

What information do we need to keep safe when we are online?

Safer Internet Day 2021

9th February 2021

 

All classes across the school took part in Safer Internet Day. This year's theme is 'An internet we trust'. Safer Internet Day celebrates the range of information and opportunities online, and its potential to inform, connect and inspire us, whilst also looking at the importance of separating fact from fiction. Today we talked about how to know what we can trust online and how to know if information is reliable. At Macaulay our aim for our children to be confident users of technology, but also critical and sensible when online so that they can be safe. 

 

Have a look at some of our work!

 

Reception shared advice for being safe online:

Year 1 read Digiduck, and thought about his great advice for being safe online:

 

 

Year 2 made posters sharing top tips for being safe on the internet:

 

 

Year 3 made leaflets and presentations to share their ideas:

 

Year 4 made 'Fake News' reports to spread awareness of misinformation online. 

 

Year 6 made videos explaining how to spot 'fake news'.

Still image for this video

Year 6 - Computing across the curriculum

 

Take a look at this amazing animation for World Book Day!

 

https://scratch.mit.edu/projects/496447269/

Year 2

Computing at home

 

During remote learning Year 2 have been coding using JIT5. Have a look at some of our shapes and algorithms! We have learnt to debug code too. 

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