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...
Topic: Telling Stories
Computing Skills: Importing pictures, adding text and narration, saving work.
Software: photostory 3
What we are doing: We are learning how to import pictures to the software, add text to the pictures and also narration. These stories, will then be exported as video files.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about sequencing stories and actual processes, can they put things in order. What fairy tales do they know/like? Can they retell the stories with expression?
Computing Skills: Using an external electronic device to control the computer
Hardware: MaKey MaKey
What we are doing: MaKey MaKey can be used to take the place of a mouse click, space bar, arrow keys and some letters of the keyboard. The children are building complete circuits in order to perform these functions on the computer.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, there will be a homework project to build a game controller – standby for further instructions!
Computing Skills: Communicating electronically with friends and family
Software: google mail
What we are doing: The children are learning in more depth the true meaning of the SMART Rules, and applying them each week to their emailing.
How grown-ups can help: If you have an email account yourself, do email your child regularly, so they can respond.
Computing Skills: Block coding in order to animate sprites
What we are doing: The children are learning about the basics of block coding, and using this to animate characters in a conversational scene. This will eventually link with our topic of Ancient Greece.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and you can also download the scratch software at home for free.
Topic: Online Safety
Computing Skills: Managing our online life and knowing the dangers.
Software: The internet
What we are doing: The children will be watching a video and discussing how they manage different aspects of their online lives. The school will also be making it clear that social media with an aged 13 age limit is not encouraged at school, even if all your friends have it.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and establish an open dialogue at home, should they ever experience any difficulty.
Topic: Movie Making
Computing Skills: Using iMovie on iPads to film and edit a movie
What we are doing: Our topic in history is Medieval times, so we are film either a traditional or original story from this period in history. We need to plan, work together as a team, make decisions, rehearse, perform, film and edit our project.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and support where needed.