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Lowton West Primary School

Computing at Lowton West

Computing is an increasingly important part of our curriculum as we believe computer competence is vital for our children’s future lives. At Lowton West we aim to introduce the children both to the wonders of ICT and the great benefits that can be gained through confidence in this area. We aim to create competence in the use of ICT in all subjects of the curriculum and not just in the use of computers but also in the use of iPads, digital cameras, scanners and video cameras.

 

As technology plays such a significant role in society today, staff at Lowton West believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The core of computing is computer science in which pupils are taught the principles of how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.

At Lowton West, pupils have regular access to a range of technology, including netbooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate – able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.

We offer a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology and teach them to:

  • Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
  • Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
  • Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
  • Understand and be aware of E-safety – learning ways in which to keep them safe online.

 

Computing at Key Stage 1

During Key Stage 1 pupils explore Computing and learn to use ICT confidently and with purpose to achieve specific outcomes. They recognise common uses of information technology beyond school and start to use ICT to develop their ideas and record their creative work. They begin to understand what algorithms are and execute programs through the use of precise and unambiguous instructions. They will create and debug simple programs and become familiar with hardware and software.

 

Computing at Key Stage 2

During Key Stage 2 pupils use a wider range of ICT tools and information sources to support their work in other subjects. They develop their research skills and decide what information is appropriate for their work. They begin to question the plausibility and quality of information. They learn how to amend their work and present it in a way that suits its audience. They learn to design, write and debug programs, controlling and simulating physical systems. They use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms and programs work and detect and correct errors in algorithms. They understand computer networks including the Internet and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

 

Year Group

Autumn

Spring

Summer

Year One

 

 

Programming: We are treasure hunters

 

Computational Thinking: We are TV chefs

 

E-safety

 

Databases

Creativity: We are Painters

 

Productivity: We are Personal Trainers

 

Simulation

 

Movie maker

 

E-safety Week

Communication and Collaboration: We are Story Tellers

 

Computer Networks: We are celebrating

 

Beebot

 

Simulation

 

E-safety

Year Two

 

 

Programming on screen: We are Astronauts

 

Exploring how computer games work: We are Games Testers

 

E-safety

Taking, Selecting and editing digital images: We are Photographers

 

Researching a topic: We are Researchers

 

E-safety Week

Communicating Clues: We are Detectives

 

Recording bug hunt data: We are Zoologists

 

E-safety

Year Three

 

 

PowerPoint Presentations based on Egypt

 

Communicating safely on the internet: We are Communicators  

 

E-safety

Programming an animation: We are Programmers

 

Finding and correcting bugs in programs: We are bug fixers

 

E-safety Week

 

Exploring computer networks, including the internet: We are Network Engineers  

 

Collecting and analysing data: We are Opinion Pollsters

 

Videoing performance: We are Presenters

 

E-safety

Year Four

 

 

Research and presentation

 

Producing a wiki: We are co-authors

Presenting the Weather: We are meteorologists

Radio programmes

 

Producing digital music: We are musicians

 

Prototyping an interactive toy: We are toy designers

 

Using Excel

 

Advances in computing

 

Developing a simple educational game: We are software developers

 

Editing and writing HTML: We are HTML editors

Year Five

 

 

Developing an interactive game: We are game developers

 

Cracking codes: We are cryptographers

 

E-safety

Golborne High – computing

 

Fusing geometry and art: We are artists

 

Creating a web page about cyber safety: We are web developers

 

E-safety Week

Sharing experiences and opinions: We are bloggers

 

Creating a virtual space: We are architects

 

E-safety

Year Six

 

 

Research

 

PowerPoint presentations

 

Practising key skills in Maths and English and presenting research and own work

 

E-safety

Creativity: We are Publishers

 

Productivity: We are Market Researchers

 

E-safety Week

Programming: We are App developers

 

Computational Thinking and Computer networks: We are App planners

 

Communication and Collaboration: We are Interface Designers

 

E-safety

 

 

Slag Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA3 2ED

01942 724865

enquiries@admin.lowtonwest.wigan.sch.uk