At Powell’s we believe that ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this technologically rich world in which we live. We value computational thinking as it allows us to solve problems, design systems, and understand the power and limits of human and machine intelligence. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.
We understand that computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Pupils studying computing will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers.
Powell’s School have developed a curriculum based on the scheme or work Purplemash which is enhanced and enriched by other resources which are pertaining to the lives of our children and which is reflective of our local community.
The Early Years Foundation Stage statutory frame work (EYFS) no longer explicitly mentions computing as an Early Learning Goal (ELG). However, there are many opportunities to use technology and develop computational thinking through the Early Years continuous provision. By enhancing provision with computing resources such as; solar water fountains, bee bots, torches, metal detectors or pencils and paper to draw basic algorithms, children may explore and experience computing in a ‘hands on’ on approach to encourage questioning and develop their understanding.
Whole School Long Term Computing Overview
Whole School Progression Knowledge and Skills
Years 1 to 6 use the Purplemash software both at school in and at home to develop their skills in computing.
Year 1- Creating data bases.
Year 1 - Combining word processing and publishing skills
Year 2 - Writing and debugging algorithms
Year 3 - Creating a game
Year 4 - Combining word processing and publishing skills
Year 5 – Creating an investigation
Year 6 - Creating spreadsheets
Our children’s voice
As staff, we believe that it is essential to listen to our ‘children’s voice’ in order to understand and support children to the best of our ability.
Our children have shared what they think ‘Computing’ is and how it impacts on their lives.
Early Years, “Computers can be really big, or tiny. They all do different things.”
Year 1, “Anything which has a battery or plugs in has some sort of computer inside it.”
Year 2, “Computing lets us talk to people from around the world.”
Year 3, “Computers can only work if someone has programmed them and told them what to so, they aren’t magic.”
Year 4, “We need to learn about different computers so we can be independent to use them as adults.”
Year 5, “If you know how to use different software, then you can choose the appropriate one, I wouldn’t use a spreadsheet to paint a picture!”
Year 6, “Computing surrounds us. It is part of our everyday life and it’s always changing. We are changing with it as we learn and adapt, sometimes without knowing.” “Learning about computing has made me think how to work through problems and solve them, on a computer and in real life.”
We are continually developing our computing cultural capital. We aim to equip our children with powerful knowledge to enhance their understanding and application of the computing curriculum in their lives.
Our local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) hub has facilitated an online Minecraft and Adobe workshop for the Year 6 children (organised by our Computing Governor Jon Cawte).
We are joining with other local primary schools to organise a local challenge event.
Powell’s believes that continuing learning outside of the classroom is key to our children’s progression in attainment, well being and positive attitude towards education. We have selected online subscriptions which engage your children to support their love of learning.
Your class teacher will supply you with the login details for the online resources below. (Please note that Accelerated reader is a progressive reading tool and access to the resources will be supplied when your child’s reading is at a level where they can access it independently.)
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Year 1 - 6
Key Stage 2
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Throughout the year children of different ages have the opportunity to join our after school Computing Club.
This term, the group have explored Apps such as Garage band and iMovie with the children’s idea to create a ‘Children’s point of view’ Online safety video for a school assembly.