Computing, Spanish, Music

Computing, Spanish and Music are taught to Acorns, Sapling and Oak on a Thursday afternoon as a rotation.  Currently Miss Matthews is teaching Computing, Miss Cook is teaching Music and Mr Crocker is teaching Spanish.

Computing

The children of Michaelchurch Escley Primary School use Computing Skills and equipment when it enhances thier learning and adds value to an activity.  They have the opportunity to use a variety of technology whilst learning to use it wisely and safely. Our children enjoy improving their skills in word processing, PowerPoint, internet web page design and coding.

Intent:

  • Michaelchurch Escley Primary School has constructed a Computing Curriculum that is designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life.
  • Ensure all pupils within the school have access to equipment in order to cover statutory requirements for each stage.
  • Ensure teachers have access to computer programmes in order to cover statutory requirements.
  • Equip the children with a knowledge of internet safety, use of social media and the perils of online gaming and information sharing.

Implementation:

  • Ensure continuity and progression and enable pupils to access statutory objectives/ concepts set out in the National Curriculum.
  • Ensure that computing is integrated into all areas of the curriculum in order to provide pupils with the opportunities to apply the skills taught.
  • Timetabling of technology to ensure pupils in all other classes are able to use PCs and tablets to cover statutory requirements and allow for small group directed teaching of computing skills.
  • Monitor the quality and quantity of equipment available, with the intention of purchasing more electronic equipment in the future.
  • Children are using technology to enhance their learning across the curriculum

Impact:

  • Learners are developing an increased knowledge and skill in computing in each class, which can be utilised across the curriculum.
  • All pupils within each class have more access to computing in order to fulfil statutory requirements of coverage.
  • All pupils have access to I-pads
  • Children from class one are learning to use skills which they help their peers with, within the normal school day and access a PC as part of their daily learning choices.

 

 

Spanish

Michaelchurch Escley Primary School follows a scheme of work for Spanish.  Acorn, Sapling and Oak receives a 35min Spanish lesson each week.

Intent:

  • Provide children with linguistic opportunities to prepare them for secondary school and to provide the foundation for learning further languages
  • To instil an appreciation of other cultures
  • To increase the children’s knowledge of other cultures and ways of life
  • To be able to respond in another language on a basic level

Implementation:

  • Weekly opportunities to practice speaking and writing.
  • Working with the families of children for whom English is a second language where possible.
  • Children encouraged to answer the register in a language of their choice.

Impact:

  • As they move through the school children speak with increasing confidence and fluency.
  • Children’s knowledge of other cultures is upskilled.
  • Stereotyping is addressed through investigation and discussion of other cultures.

 

 

Music

We follow a scheme of work but enhance this further by providing a weekly singing assembly and a variety of performance opportunities throughout the year.

Intent:

  • To improve the access of all children to music and musical activity.
  • To further raise the profile of music within the school.
  • To encourage children to be creative in all they do.

Implementation:

  • Weekly singing assembly for whole school.
  • Emphasis on musical presentations within celebration assemblies and twice yearly class assemblies.
  • Units are plotted on the long term two-year plans.
  • Staff, Gov and Parent’s ‘band’ used to support children’s performances throughout the year and be role models for the children.
  • A Music Concert is planned for the Spring Term.
  • Peripatetic music lessons are available in school for children for piano and recorder.

Impact:

  • Improved teaching of musical concepts.
  • Increased interaction in music lessons with opportunities to incorporate mindfulness (breathing techniques).
  • All children sing well in assembly.
  • Increased confidence in performing either singing or playing an instrument.
  • Increased opportunities to sing as a group and work as a team.
  • Music and musical themes are planned and implemented across the curriculum.
  • Staff continue to familiarise themselves with the curriculum and receive ‘upskilling’ via staff meeting CPD.
  • The six units; Pulse, pitch, rhythm, structure, mood and musical elements are repeated each year across the schemes year 1-6. Class 1 (Reception) are taught the preliminary songs and concepts – pulse, pitch and rhythm to give a foundation for future learning.
  • Children (and staff) leave singing assembly smiling! The children have opportunities to perform in Friday celebration assembly.
  • Children perform their instruments at special termly celebrations.
  • Children of all abilities are encouraged to be ambitious and take part in termly and end of year celebrations.