What does Computing at Fieldhead Carr look like?
At Fieldhead Carr Primary School we love Computing! We know that a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with maths, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
We teach the majority of the curriculum though Purple Mash and Espresso Coding but also use materials produced by Common Sense Media to help our children to learn to stay safe when they are online. At Fieldhead Carr, children have weekly Computing lessons for an hour taught using a range of devices including a Big Pad (in EYFS), iPads and laptops. We also have an IT suite that is timetabled but can also be accessed by classes at other times during the week if they need it.
We follow Chris Quigley’s concepts for Computing. This means we teach our children…
• To Code
• To Connect
• To Communicate
• To Collect
This concept of the Computing curriculum involves computer programming where children develop an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences. From Nursery and Reception, pupils begin to use programmable toys such as Bee Bots and from Year 1 pupils begin to use the Espresso Coding program which allows them to create simple algorithms to solve problems.
This concept of the Computing curriculum involves developing an understanding of how to safely connect with others. For this, we use a scheme developed by Common Sense Media. In KS1 and KS2, the children are taught an e-safety lesson every half-term so it is a theme which is constantly returned to through the year. In EYFS, e-safety is taught primarily through stories such as Chicken Clicking and Webster’s Email.
This concept of the Computing curriculum involves using apps and programs to communicate ideas. Children learn to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. For this concept, we use a range of programs in Purple Mash.
This concept of the Computing curriculum involves developing an understanding of databases and their uses. For example, the children learn to use apps and programs to graph data and read spreadsheets. For this, we use apps and programs in Purple Mash.
The majority of the Computing lessons are delivered using Espresso Coding and programs in Purple Mash. The links to these sites can be found below. Usernames and passwords are required to access these sites. Just ask your class teacher if your child is unsure of theirs.