Subject Ambassador: Mr. J. Clarke
Link Academy Councillor: Mrs. L. Johns
Statement of Intent 2021 – 2022
A place where our children, adults and community can grow and thrive rooted in
Kindness, Fellowship and Confidence.
At Stanhope Barrington C of E Primary School, we understand that computing and technology is an important part of everyday life, both at school and home. We aim to equip our children with the important skills they need to participate confidently in an ever-changing world. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. It is also key for children to not only be confident when using technology, but to become critical thinkers and problem solvers, skills that can be used and applied across the curriculum. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during the children’s time in school, to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed and applied correctly. Due to the impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on schooling and the use of equipment, we have identified that children need a focused computing curriculum which targets the missed knowledge and ensures all our children have the fundamental building blocks on which to build more in-depth knowledge.
Our staff model and use technology to both teach interactive and engaging lessons, and to showcase the children’s work and experiences on our ever-developing website. Staff embrace the integral use of the internet in the modern world and encourage the children to safely navigate it to complete a range of tasks.
As our school is set in a rural area there are a number of challenges that we face including: ensuring our children are exposed to technologies they may not have access to at home; ensuring parents are supported to develop skills necessary to guide and protect their children whilst online; and ensuring our children are secondary ready in regard to their understanding of our digital society.
Opal Learning Zone
How are you? – We have been very lucky to have a donation of mobile phones into the EYFS unit this week. All of the children have been excitedly pretending to ring their parents during school time.
Clara was busy exploring whilst on the phone, she said,
“Hi Mummy, how are you? I am playing with my friends at school. Bye!”
Amethyst Learning Zone
What does Computing look like in EYFS? – This week the classroom provision has allowed children to develop their understanding of algorithms. The BeeBots allow the children to enter instructions into the device as they attempt to guide it to the finish line. The track started with simple instructions and then developed onto the one the picture shows. The children had a fantastic time, and showed great progress with their understanding of simple algorithms.
Sapphire Learning Zone
How can we practice our times tables in a fun way? – Our Year 2s have been getting to grips with Times Tables Rock Stars (TTRS). As we have been learning the times tables in class they have been added to the game for us to practice, we are really getting the hang of it!
More Bee-bot Fun! – After creating the bee-bot world we got to have a go at moving them around.
Programming Bee-Bots – We have started to explore Bee-bots in the Sapphire Learning Zone. We are learning how to construct algorithms through programming Bee-Bots with instructions to meet a specific goal. To do this, we are going to create and debug simple programs and solve problems relating to these. We started off by drawing a map for our Bee-bots to use in the coming weeks.
Ruby Learning Zone
Algorithm Shapes – In computing this half term, the children observed how shapes could be drawn using an algorithm. They were able to identify which instructions controlled which aspect of the shape and then learned how to adapt the coding to edit the shapes and program shapes of their own.
Emerald Learning Zone
The Hour of Code – We have been using The Hour of Code to support our work on Scratch. We each chose our own game to further develop out coding skills. The progress was fantastic and the children really challenged themselves!
Scratch 2 – The children have been working on using Scratch 2 to use, modify and create their own game. By the end of the block all partners had created their over version of a helicopter game. They were able to choose multiple sprites and modify code to create a game they designed with a partner.
Diamond Learning Zone
Scratch – In the Diamond Learning Zone, we have really enjoyed starting our new project on Scratch. The children had time to become familiar with the coding that was used in the helicopter game and then were able to use this to create their own game by changing codes, sprites and backdrops.
Digital Literacy – The children in Diamond Learning Zone have been focusing on digital literacy this half term. We have done a lot of work around how to keep safe on the internet. Not many of us knew the different types of viruses that can affect our computers and devices. The children were shocked when they learnt how worms can copy themselves on to different devices and steal personal information!
You can view our archived Computing information on our website.