Computing is an integral part of teaching and learning at Manland Primary School. The school is very well resourced to provide pupils with a high-quality computing education. Manland has an extensive computer network which serves the entire school and allows children to easily access and share their learning in computing.
We have two full class sets of RM MiniBooks along with numerous iPads which are regularly used by pupils in their learning across the curriculum. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard which is attached to a SoundField system. In the hall we have a projector and screen with a sound system. We use this daily for assemblies as well as other learning opportunities. In addition we have a wealth of hardware resources including Bebots, Lego and microphones.
Our children show enormous enthusiasm for the subject of computing. All children have discreet computing lessons once a week. In line with the new National Curriculum they develop a wide range of computing competencies including programming (coding), data analysis and representation, communication through technology, digital photography and using networks.
Manland children are encouraged to share their learning and adopt a reflective attitude to their work. The children regularly share new computing skills that they have learnt, discuss and edit their ideas and self or peer-assess their computing learning.
At Manland School, we expect all children to be safe and responsible when using computing technologies. As such, we encourage parents and carers to discuss e-safety rules with their children and they sign an agreement that highlights key areas to be aware of. It is always wonderful to observe how computing is used across the whole curriculum at Manland. Some examples include:-
- Phonics – using the iPad applications to read, write and record phonics work
- Maths – using a graphing package to represent data
- English – using a digital camera to create a storyboard and record their narration
- Art – using a paint package to re-create the work of the famous artist Seurat
It is our expectation that when pupils leave Manland they will be well equipped in computational thinking and be able to apply this knowledge in their everyday lives.
As usual, there have been a wide range of cross-curricular computing activities that have taken place across the school this term, ensuring that children have experience of different sorts of hardware and can seen the many useful applications of technology to enhance their learning.
Year 1 have used Ipads and graphics packages to create collages of photos that they had taken of wildlife.
Year 2 have been on a mini-beast hunt in the wildlife area. They have used the data that they found to create graphs on Excel and used graphics packages and photo-editing to create presentations.
Year 4 have expanded their coding skills and begun to look at the World Wide Web, culminating in their attempts to create web pages that have been coded using HTML. To link with their Science and D and T work,
Year 6 classes have been expanding their use of Micro-bit computers to create robots powered by servo motors and programmed to respond remotely to instructions broadcast by radio.