Coordinator - Mr Jones
At Morpeth Road we believe computing can improve the quality of teaching, learning and management in the school and so help raise standards. A strong and secure infrastructure is essential to supporting an effective whole-school strategy. Infrastructure includes hardware, software, and good safe Internet access. To develop this, we provide a wide range of resources that are used for the benefit of all.
We have a dedicated IT room where we use the latest technology to give the children progressive skills in the use of computers, PCs and laptops, netbooks, Nintendo DSIs and iPads. We start with Nursery children and follow through to Year 6.
We work from a scheme of work to deliver the National Curriculum for Computing.
The scheme covers four main elements. They are:
Programming and Algorithms
Digital Content and the Internet
Understanding the application of IT
The objectives of teaching computing are to ensure that children:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
You can view our computing scheme of work by clicking on the PDF file attached.
In Year 2, our objective was to control a robot through a series of commands and inputs created externally.
The children used 2simple software to carry out this activity and they used directions and values of distance to programme a robot around a track.
When their commands were unsuccessful, the children had to analyse how they could correct the movement to get the device back on track. As the children progressed, obstacles were put in place to make the task more difficult. This activity helped develop children’s understanding that accuracy is essential to ensure a given outcome.
As an extension, children were given challenges to move their robot to specific destinations in a different setting.
If you would like any more information about Computing, please speak to Mr Jones.