Computing

At Dawley C of E Academy, we believe that Computing is a vital part of our pupil's education. Our computing program aims to ensure that all pupils are able to use computing resources and equipment confidently, safely and respectfully in their learning across all curriculum areas. We are preparing our pupils for their future education and work life in a growing technological world. 'Computational thinking' is a skill that pupils need to be taught, therefore we use high quality equipment such as laptops, iPads, Micro:bits and apps in our sessions.

 

 

 

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Intent, Implementation and Impact Statement
Skills Progression Document
Yearly overview

 

At Dawley, we use the online learning platform Purple Mash to deliver our Computing curriculum.  

The Computing curriculum is made up of 3 elements Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.

 

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Our Computing experiences start in EYFS, even though there is no Technology element in the new EYFS curriculum, we firmly believe that skills in coding and confidence when using technology begins at the very start of our pupils school life.

 

In Reception our pupils explore a range of technology to enhance their topic based learning.


Our pupils have used Purple Mash to draw their own penguins to accompany their story Lost and Found.

     

 

Our pupils have used the 2Go program to develop their coding skills to move a penguin across the map to all four islands!

 

      

 

Our Reception pupils have explored using 3D augmented reality in the classroom.

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We designed our own stars and then they 'popped' off the screen!

 

Year 5 have been exploring 3D modelling.

 

Year 6 have been learning about spreadsheets and creating formulas 

(Cross curricular links Maths)

How much would it cost to make 60 cakes?

How much profit would you make if you sold the cakes for 50p each?

   

 

Here are our top ideas for you to try out at home.
1. Using a Bee Bot to learn about directions and distances. There is a free iPad app to download and a 69p app that is about pyramids. You can also program a robot called A.L.E.X. to move to a target position using a free iPad app.
2. Design a game using this free BBC site that you can then share. You can use the game toolkit to make tricky challenges for your friends to play
3. Programming a dinosaur to jump, move and change size. This is a free iPad app that allows you to touch the screen and shake the iPad to control the dinosaur.
4. Putting instructions in the correct order to create a simple computer program. You can try out activities for Year 1 – 6 from J2Code
5. Putting instructions in the correct order to complete a task successfully. For example, making a sandwich, crossing the road, brushing your teach and making some biscuits. This is called an algorithm.
6. Complete an hour of code by using a sequence of simple instructions. Hour of Code
7. Create your own interactive stories, games, and animations using a free online program called Scratch. You can also download a free copy.