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Welcome to Homerswood Primary and Nursery School Spring Term 2023
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Computing

Welcome to our Computing Page 2022 - 2023

This is the place to visit to see all of the great work that we are doing across the school in Computing and how we use IT in our other subjects too. 

 

As well as sharing our great work, we will also update you on relevant Computing topics, share some top tips and fab websites that we think you might enjoy. 

The Curriculum

IN COMPUTING AT HOMERSWOOD, we strive to prepare all of our pupils for an ever changing and developing digital world by giving them opportunities to practise the skills and characteristics needed to become masters of technology. Our Homerswood Values and Golden Threads are intertwined within our Computing Curriculum of ‘digital literacy’, ‘computer science’ and ‘information technology’ where knowledge and skills are modelled and taught.

 

Pupils have a natural curiosity for technology that is nurtured at Homerswood, along with resilience, problem-solving and opportunities to collaborate with others. It is imperative that our pupils understand the positive and negative effects that using technology has on individuals, local communities, national communities and the wider world and how they can play their part in this.

 

For the full document on how Computing is taught at Homerswood School, including the Intent, Implementation and Impact, please read the document below. 

 

 

Spring Term

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The Spring Term is a short but important term for Computing. In February we shall celebrate Internet Safety Week which keeps this vital component of Computing at the front of all of our minds. 

 

Most year groups will be completing a unit of work on spreadsheets and experiencing how we use spreadsheets in real-life situations. Some of us will be super amazed at how versatile spreadsheets and much fun they can be - honest!

 

After learning many basic skills in the Autumn Term, Years 1 and 2 will be focusing on coding using Purple Mash 2Code.

 

Additionally, year groups will be working on some writing skills in their computing lessons. From touch typing in Year 3 to 'Writing for different audiences' in Year 4 to 'blogging' in year 6.

 

We are also excited to say that we have a Coding Club up and running after school for Years 4, 5 and 6. The amazing Mr Johnson has given up his time and energy to teach the children how to use 'Scratch' - a fabulous coding app. More photos and news to follow on this one. 

 

As always, Purple Mash can be accessed at home, so for those wishing to brush up on their computing skills, please feel free to explore the site at your leisure 😊. 

Autumn Term 2022 

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This Autumn Term, keeping safe on the Internet remains one of our top priorities. The topic of Internet Safety is continually developing and children will encounter different risks as they explore the online environment both at school and at home. This vital unit will enable children to be as prepared as possible with the latest understanding and technology and aid in understanding how their own mental health is affected by technology and the Internet. 

 

Children will also spend some time exploring Google applications and using Chromebooks effectively in the classroom. They will learn many shortcuts and functions of Google in documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Children will create some fun files to boot. Google and Google Classroom is our platform for learning at Homerswood, which makes collaborating between learning in school and learning at home more synchronised. If you have any problems accessing Google, please ask your class teacher in the first instance so we can rectify it for you. 

 

Finally, the other important aspect we are learning this term is 'Coding'. Purple Mash is helping us do this in class and your child may wish to practise these skills at home too (perhaps show off their knowledge a little too πŸ˜‰). Over the next few weeks, I will share with you some coding tips and online games that can take your coding to the next level!

 

 

 

Using the Internet Safely

 

Pupils across Key Stages 1 and 2 are considering how to use the Internet safely in their Computing lessons this term. 

 

Our parents can support this by learning the best ways to keep our children safe online. Take a look at these websites to understand more about the world wide web, apps and social media and its dangers. 

 

Parents' resources

 

www.internetmatters.org

https://saferinternet.org.uk/guide-and-resource/parents-and-carers

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

 

Children's resources

There are some great interactive resources for children too - check these out! 

Interland

Childnet.com

Internetmatters.org

 

Brand new computing club using the programme β€˜Scratch’. Thank you to Mr Johnson for leading it and sharing his expertise. :-)

Year 3 have been practising their coding skills by creating a Flowchart program and changing scenes from night to day.

Year 4 have been learning about keeping safe on the Internet. They have created posters to show their learning.

SPRING TERM 2022 in Computing 

 

Spring term in computing sees us bounce back into the curriculum with our Early Years pupils developing their awareness of technology in the classroom; our key stage 1 and 2 pupils will be developing their skills in Information Technology programmes such as spreadsheets, databases and creative programmes. 

 

Safer Internet Day will be celebrated with the rest of the country in the week of the 8th February 2022. The theme this year is "All fun and games? Exploring respect and relationships online". Watch this space for lots of fun learning opportunities to explore! 

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