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.
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.
At Michaelchurch Escley Primary and Pre School, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. The children have the opportunity to use a variety of equipment, programmes and technology whilst learning to use it wisely and safely. E-safety is taught to all classes throughout the year, as we believe it is fundamental that children understand how to use technology safety. They are equipped with the appropriate knowledge of internet safety for example, use of social media and the perils of online gaming and information sharing. Our computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, online safety, computer science and information technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly throughout different units during the children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. We have 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. Our intention is that computing also supports children’s creativity and cross-curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school, enabling them to be curious about computing.
At Michaelchurch we follow and incorporate the national curriculum into all lessons. The main computing aims are to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to become curious and confident about learning. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. Computing is taught for one lesson a week in each class where they have access to technology and equipment they need.
To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, online safety, computer science and information technology.
As part of information technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. They will know different purposes that technology can be used for. For example, the internet provides multiple services, such as the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration and using search engine effectively and evaluate digital content. In addition, children with gain an understanding that computer networks provide multiple services and links to practical use for example understanding how barcodes and QR codes work recognising uses of information technology beyond school.
Within digital literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of internet, networks and email. Children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Using technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
In computer science we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Building on these skills throughout the years children will be demonstrating their computational thinking skills by designing, writing and debugging programs that accomplish specific goals and solving problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will gain a deep understanding what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will use programming software to understand hacking, relating this to computer cracking codes in WWII to give a real-life context.
At Michaelchurch, we teach online safety and encourage children how to become more aware of their digital footprint. We want every child to learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We teach online safety throughout the year for one lesson at the start of each half term from year 1 to year 6. Online safety is also embedded throughout the other units of work. We teach children to recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. We constantly review new guidance and information about online safety.
At Michaelchurch Escley, we give children access to a wide range of good quality resources and provide cross-curricular opportunities for children to apply their computing knowledge and skills. We offer computing trips such as programming workshops and after school code club. We support pupils to develop their skills such as researching, typing, editing and art skills, so they can use these skills in cross-curricular work to help pupils make accelerated progress and enhance their learning across the curriculum. We also teach a progression of computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding. We frequently monitor the quality and quantity of equipment available, with the intention of purchasing more electronic equipment in the future.
The lasting impact of this curriculum ensures that when children leave Michaelchurch Escley School, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges going forward whilst using technology safety.
Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development in Computing
Michaelchurch provides opportunities for spiritual reflection of awe and wonder about the achievements of ICT today and possibilities for the future. It can raise issues and moral dilemmas, such as whether it is morally right to have computer games whose aim is killing and violence, reflecting on rules around these e.g. age. The children will take part in a wide variety of different activities which require social skills, the ability to work collaboratively as part of a pair or group, as part of their class and as part of the school. We are preparing children to use these skills after they leave Michaelchurch.
Children are likely to grow up with technology around them. Although, children may naturally develop into competent operators of computing but may not understand the underlying process of why things happen – this limits the ability to understand, modify and cope with technological change. However, at Michaelchurch we have a clear sequence and progressive curriculum which enable children to develop a deep, clear understand of all aspects of computing. We want every child to be confident and competent in using different technology by year 6 as large proportions of jobs use technology of some kind and we want to children to be able to access these. Online safety will be a lifelong skill, that will be of critical importance to the protection of the individual and community.
Other opportunities for children to develop spiritual, moral, social and cultural development through computing:
- Reflect on their own and others’ lives and the impact computer science has on this.
- Discuss the power and limitations that computing can have – particularly on individual’s beliefs.
- Develop self-esteem through the presentation of work to others.
- Explore how ideas in computing have inspired others.
- Are taught good etiquette when using digital technology, including mobile devices, with due regard to e-safety.
- Are encouraged to respect other people’s views and opinions.
- Develop respect in the use of digital equipment and its impact on the environment – ink and paper wastage.
- Explore moral issues around the use of digital technology – copyright and plagiarism.
- Express their own responses and opinions of the work of others with a justification for their view.
- Are encouraged to assist each other when problem solving.
- Use appropriate social behaviours and to interact as part of a caring community.
- Are taught good practice and respect in the use of social networking.
- Work collaboratively on musical projects.
- Use digital technology sensibly in the classroom and are encouraged to do the same at home.
- Are empowered to use and apply their computing skills to the wider curriculum.
- Respect and develop an awareness and appreciation of how differing cultural, spiritual and religious views might differ towards the use of digital technology.
Michaelchurch Escley Primary School follows a scheme of work for Spanish. Acorn, Sapling and Oak receives a 35min Spanish lesson each week.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.