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Computing

This year Computing is being taught by class teachers across the school.

Have a look at what we are doing this term in each Year Group...

 

Summer Term First Half

 

EYFS

Rather than half termly topics we are working through a three week cycle of Bee-Bots, PCs and iPads

iPads: Acessing and using age appropriate apps and games.

Bee-Bots: Programming Bee-Bot to get him to negotiate a specific route

PC: Using the computers to access and use age appropriate software.

What we are doing: The children are using the hardware to explore apps and software, that they can then apply

to their own earning during child initiated learning time. By using this technology, the children are able to

further develop their fine motor skills, gross motor skills as well as problem solving and reasoning skills.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and encourage them to

be independent in their use of technology around the home.

 

Year One

Topic: Greetings Cards

Computing Skills: Creating and Publishing Digital Content

Software: 2Publish +

What we are doing: The children are using the different styles available in 2Publish + to design greetings cards that

are then printed out A6 size. These are then glued onto a folded card and taken home in an envelope

for the children to send to a recipient of their choice for an appropriate occasion.

How parents can help: Have a look at the cards that children are bringing home on a Thursday, talk to your

child about the work they have been doing, and let them know if there are any family

birthdays or occasions coming up in the rest of May or even early June.

Year Two

Topic: Programming

Computing Skills: Writing Algorithms, Controlling a Programmable Toy, Block Coding.

Software: Bee-Bot App and Daisy the Dino App

What we are doing: The children are using the ipads to control Bee-Bot, and are trying very hard to write very

precise sets of instructions to get Bee-Bot to the flower.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and help them to learn/

remember the difference between left and right.

Year Three

Topic: Presentations

Computing Skills: Creating and Publishing Digital Content

Software: MS Office Powerpoint

What we are doing: The children are using Powerpoint to make presentations all about the Egyptians.

The knowledge that the children are bringing to the sessions is quite impressive, and they are using this

to make informative and visually stunning slides. We are adding content week by week, and by the

end of the topic we will have a comprehensive presentation about the Egyptians.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and help and encourage

them to undertake their own research about the Egyptians at home either online or at the local library.

Year Four

Topic: Publishing

Computing Skills: Creating and Publishing Digital Content and Word Processing.

Software: MS Office Word & Publisher

What we are doing: The children are using both Word and Publisher to create a booklet all about themselves.

We will print out all of the elements that we create and bring them home.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and answer any

questions they may have about their family tree.

Year Five

Topic: Spreadsheets

Computing Skills: Organising data, creating formulae.

Software: MS Office Excel

What we are doing: The children are using Excel to organise increasingly large amounts of data, and

learning how we can apply the mathematics in order to maximise what we can learn from the data.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing. Discuss and suggest some

of the real-life ways in which spreadsheets can help us in everyday life. If you are a parent that uses Excel,

perhaps show your child some examples that you use or have made.

Year Six

Topic: SATs Revision

Computing Skills: Accessing online revision

Software: Internet based revision

What we are doing: The children are using online revision sites such as BBC Bitesize and My Maths to prepare for their SATs.

How parents can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and help them with any

topics and concepts they are still struggling with.

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