ICT/computing

ICT is a subject that is in a process of great change at the moment.  The government is keen that children should be producers of software not just consumers.  Indeed the old subject of ICT is really evolving into three strands:

Computer Science explains how computer systems work, how they are designed and programmed, and the fundamental principles of information and computation.

Digital Literacy is the ability to access, use and express oneself using digital technology, including a critical understanding of technology’s impact on the individual and society.

Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL). TEL is where IT is used to enhance teaching and learning right across the curriculum and children and young people’s use of technology both draws on and enhances their digital skills. The purpose of using technology in this way is to improve learning in that subject – the technology serves learning; it is not the object of learning.


At St Helen's, the ICT curriculum has always been an evolving document. Digital literacy and TEL have been pushed through the use of ICT in a cross-curricular work. We continue to develop this and, at the moment, our focus is looking into how new technology, such as tablets, can be used to improve learning.

The biggest change over the last year has been the introduction of much more programming into the curriculum. Indeed the children now begin their programming journey in year 1 and continue it throughout their time at St Helen's. At St Helen's we are already 'producers'! 

We would encourage any children who want to pursue their interest in programming to use the free program Scratch at home.  There is a Scratch club at school, presently this is for Year 6. Click here to view Year 6 work in Scratch. 

The Scratch website can be found here:


E-safety is at the heart of all learning with modern technology. It is taught in each year group (Digital Citzenship and Technology; regularly re-enforced by class teachers throughout the year and regularly covered in assemblies.  In addition there are regular 'Share Days' for parents covering the e-safety.



                                                                                                                                       

Below is our present long term plan for computing for KS2.  This is likely to continue to evolve, sometimes rather dramatically!
Early Years and KS1 ensure that the cover the computing curriculum through their project work, with additional computing lessons as necessary. Please note that the units of work may be taught in a different order at the class teacher's discretion. 

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year 3

Digital Citizenship,  and Technology.

 

manipulating sound

Introduction to databases

Programming using Lego WeDo

 

Exploring simulations

Email

 

Year 4

Digital Citizenship,  and Technology.

Branching databases

 

Developing images using repeating patterns.

 

Modelling effects on screen. Programming using Logo

Using a graphics package to simulate a still-life painting.


Programming using Lego WeDo

Year 5

Digital Citizenship,  and Technology.

Introduction to spreadsheets

Programming using Scratch

 

 

Animation

Graphical modelling

Year 6

Digital Citizenship,  and Technology.

 

Programming using Alice 3D

Spreadsheet modelling


Photo-editing



Programming using Python 



















  
In addition a number of ICT skills, that were formerly taught as discrete units of work,  are now taught through cross-curricular work.  These include word-processing; multi-media presentations; data-logging and using the internet.  The importance of e-safety is taught within all years and regularly reinforced in assemblies.
                                                                                                                                       

Year 6 have been undertaking a new unit of work on photography.  The children took photographs, in the churchyard.  They then used Paintshop Pro to edit these photographs.  Here are some of the results.

Year 6 have been making games using Microsoft Excel for a younger audience. Below are some of the games created for you to download.
 

 Click here to view Year 6 work in Scratch.