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At St Thomas’ we are determined to provide children with the essential computing skills to aid them in today’s modern lifestyle. There are three main strands of the Computing curriculum. Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science introduces children to understanding how computers and networks work. It also give all children the opportunity to learn computer programming, from simple programmable toys in EYFS to programming and decoding complex codes in Year 6. Information Technology focuses on the use of computers for collecting and presenting information in a range of ways and using search technology. Digital Literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication. The use of technology is used to enhance learning across the whole curriculum. Children have access to a range of resources to support the Computing curriculum such as: laptops, iPads, cameras and programmable toys.

Year 1

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Opening and logging onto a laptop
  • Developing keyboard skills
  • Opening a program by double clicking using the left mouse button
  • Opening a Word Document and writing our name
  • Saving a Word Document in ‘My Documents’
  • Locating previously saved work
  • Using Paint to create a picture

 

  • Opening a Word Document
  • Double clicking to open a program using the left mouse button
  • Accessing the internet and discussing safe internet use
  • Copying an image from the internet
  • Saving and opening a PowerPoint Document

 

 

  • Opening and logging onto the laptop/computer; double clicking to open a program using the left mouse button
  • Using Paint to create a picture
  • Saving a new Word Document in ‘My Documents’
  • Opening a new Word Document
  • Capturing an image on a camera
  • Recording a sound and playing it back

 

 

Year 2

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • To open and log onto the laptop/computer.
  • To double click to open a program using the left mouse button.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully.
  • Identify what makes a good photograph.
  • Take a good photograph.
  • Download photographs and make changes by editing and enhancing photographs.
  • Use technology to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • Predict what a simple program will do and test those predictions.
  • Have a clear understanding of algorithms and sequences of instructions.
  • Give clear and concise instructions.
  • Create sprites and backgrounds.
  • Program and adjust instructions.

 

We are researchers

  • Searching for information safely and effectively using the internet.
  • Selecting and retrieving the most significant information from large amounts of texts.
  • Scoping a topic and breaking down questions.
  • Using other search engines and simple Wikipedia.
  • Developing presentation skills to create and deliver a short multimedia presentation.
  • Researching many famous landmarks in Australia including; The Great Barrier Reef and The Sydney Opera House.
  • Researching Madagascar as well as the plants and animals within the rainforest.

 

We are detectives:

  • Understanding that email can be used to communicate.
  • Reading and replying to email.
  • Working with email and attachments.
  • Composing emails.
  • Understanding how to open and listen to audio files on a computer.
  • Organising information.

Increasing awareness of safety issues when using email.

 

Year 3

Autumn

Spring

Summer

We are Animators:

  • We will create a cartoon by considering characteristics of animated cartoons and then look to develop our own skills in bitmap editing and scripting tools.
  • We will experience testing, bug fixing and developing our cartoon within the software whilst working collaboratively with a partner.
  • We will create an algorithm for an animated scene.
  • We will write a program and develop a number of strategies for finding errors in our programs.
  • We will learn how to recognise a number of common types of bugs in programs.
  • We will also practise our basic skills of opening, saving, copying and pasting, logging on and off the computers correctly and safely.

 

We are presenters :

  • We will create a video performance by learning how to shoot live videos, gaining editing video skills and be able to critically analyse the effectiveness of the video. This will link with our English topic of plays into drama.

 

We are Communicators:

  • We will learn how to write and send emails to a partner in another class.
  • We will identify the e- safety issues surrounding emails and networking and gain a wider understanding and experiences with other modes of digital communication.

 

We are Vloggers:

  • We will learn to create a presentation (Powerpoint) about a particular topic and present it to others.
  • We will learn how to add a commentary.
  • We will research our topic using the internet.
  • We will learn how to stay safe online. 

 

We are opinion pollsters:

  • We will learn how to create our own survey and analyse the results from it.
  • We will learn which physical hardware connections are necessary for computer networks to work.
  • We will understand some features of internet protocols.

 

 

Year 4

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Our topic is programming software to create an educational game. We will also use Computing skills to aid our learning in other subjects. We will learn the following skills:

  • Launching a specific file or programme.
  • Create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard.
  • Write a program to create an animation in Scratch.
  • Improve and edit a program (Debug their programs)
  • Use Microsoft Powerpoint to create a slideshow (use copy and paste, design a background, transition slides and animate text and pictures)
  • Use Microsoft Word, typing at an increased speed.

 

Our topics are ‘We are Musicians’ and ‘We are HTML editors’. We will also use Computing skills to aid our learning in other subjects. We will learn the following skills:

  • Use technology safely and respectfully.
  • Use Powerpoint to create a slideshow: to design a background, to transition slides and to animate text and pictures.
  • Recording a sound and playing it back.
  • Predicting what a simple program will do and test those predictions.
  • Understand how to use sequences in programs.
  • Understand some features of internet protocols.
  • Have a basic understanding of how domain names are converted to IP addresses.

 

We will be looking at researching and presenting information on the internet, as well as continuing to improve our general Microsoft Skills. The children will be learning to:

  • Use the copy and paste functions on the keyboard and select text or pictures using the mouse: ctrl c  ctrl v to paste.
  • Format my copied images by right clicking on them and selecting the wrap text button and selecting square to move the image around the document.
  • Create and use a text box to use in an office document.
  • In Word I can use BOLD, ITALICS and the underline button and keyboard shortcuts in my work.
  • Format my work correctly using appropriate font sizes.
  • Use Word for a variety of purposes e.g History report or science experiment write up.
  • Locate and load up previously saved work from my documents.
  • Use Microsoft Excel to produce bar charts and a table of results.
  • Capture an image/ video on a camera.
  • Write for a target audience using a wiki tool.
  • Develop collaboration skills.
  • To understand the physical hardware connections necessary for computer networks to work.
  • To understand some features of internet protocols.

 

 

 

Year 5

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Design and create a computer program for a computer game, which uses sequence, selection, repetition and variables.
  • Write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
  • Detect and correct errors in a computer game; to improve and edit a program (debug programs).
  • Predict what a simple program will do and test those predictions.
  • Encrypt and decrypt messages in simple cyphers.
  • Be familiar with semaphore and Morse code.

 

 

  • Use a program to create a simple shape and design and create programs to use repetition in a program to draw a more complex figure; use sequence and repetition in programs.
  • Understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results.
  • Format work correctly using appropriate font sizes.
  • Use Word for a variety of purposes, e.g. write up a history report a science experiment.
  • Understand how the internet can provide the worldwide web.

 

  • Create a blog profile and create blog posts on a particular theme; to comment on a blog post.
  • In Word, to use bold, italics, the underline button and keyboard shortcuts.
  • Format work correctly using appropriate font sizes.
  • Develop an understanding of turtle graphics; to select, use and combine a variety of software to design and create a range of programs.
  • Create simple objects using SketchUp; design and create content; add furniture to ‘My Gallery’ in SketchUp; use search technologies effectively.

 

 

Year 6

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Make a text-based adventure game:

  • Explore text based programming – python and trinket
  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
  • Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

Use ICT to research new information, make cross-curricular links and present information in a variety of ways.

 

Make a text-based adventure game

  • Explore text based programming – python and trinket
  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
  • Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

Use ICT to research new information, make cross-curricular links and present information in a variety of ways.

 

Be travel writers

  • Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs.
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour, identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

Be publishers

  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

 

 

 

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