The study of Computing at Stakesby contains some big ideas! We want our learners to be:
Digital Citizens- Safe and responsible online.
Digital Communicators- Digitally literate.
Digital Creators- Logical and creative.
Digital Investigators- Developers of ideas.
Each of these aspects are taught in 5 separate threads:
Programming- building computational thinking through a range of experiences.
Multimedia- experiencing a richness of opportunities.
e-Safety- increasing responsibility through planned ongoing learning.
Technology in our Lives- increasing understanding and use of technology.
Data Handling- developing in the context of other learning.
During the programme of study, the children's learning experiences take aspects from more than one thread. So for example, Digital Citizenship may be covered in 'Multimedia' and 'e- Safety'.
We also encourage 'Computational Thinking' at Stakesby. Computational Thinking is very useful in Computing, but it is also useful in other subjects throughout the school. We use it to problem solve, design solutions and understand behaviour.
In Attitudes, we encourage the children to learn from their mistakes, persevere in finding solutions, look at problems from different perspectives and work collaboratively to conquer them!
In Skills, we look at Pattern Recognition. Is this similar to a problem I’ve already solved? How is it different? Which parts of the problem are the same? Which parts of the problem are different? We 'deconstruct' problems to explain and understand the different parts and how they might be connected. In Algorithm Design, we think about what we need for our next steps and how we might make that happen. We are learning to sort out the useful information from the information that we don't need and simplifying our algorithms. We ask the children if they can apply this learning to other similar problems or parts of the curriculum.
We also use the correct 'Computational Language' where we can. Vocabulary like, 'algorithm' and 'data' are commonplace in our lessons and the children use them with understanding.
Here are the end of year Computing expectations for each year group:
We have access to a class set of iPads, laptops and PC's, with each class having at least 1 hour of Computing a week. The iPads may also be used for maths, literacy or research for topic work in class.