Have a look at what we are doing this term in each Year Group...
Autumn Term Second Half
Rather than half termly topics we have access to Bee-Bots, PCs and iPads
iPads: Accessing 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 learning 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 grown-ups 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.
Topic: Telling Stories
Computing Skills: Importing pictures, adding text and narration, saving work.
Software: 2 Create a Story
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?
Topic: Building Computer Games
Computing Skills: Using an app to make our own games
What we are doing: Using 2DIY to make a jigsaw game, a quiz game and a catching game.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing.
Computing Skills: Communicating electronically with friends and family
Software: Google mail
What we are doing: The children have been given a mosspits.com email account and 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.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about the work they have been doing, and you can also access the scratch website 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: Online Safety
Computing Skills: Using a variety of software to publish materials
Software: Word / Publisher / 2Paint / Tagxedo / Excel
What we are doing: We are learning all about what makes a Good Digital Citizen, and how it is our responsibility to ensure good behaviour when using these online tools.
How grown-ups can help: Talk to your child about their online life, encourage openness and frank discussions about online behaviour and be someone they can talk to if needed.