Within the computing curriculum at NOS, we aim to ensure that children are given a wide breadth of learning opportunities to develop their core understanding of computing objectives across the key strands of Digital Literacy, Online Safety, Computational Thinking and Computers and Hardware. To ensure this knowledge and understanding is fully developed, we follow the Teach Computing scheme of work which allows children to access an approach using readily available or free software.
Furthermore, we aim for children to develop their skills within touch typing, programming and how to stay safe online by having weekly, short lessons from Project Evolve. We look to take part in specific coding days, online safety days and use a wide range of outstanding computing resources available throughout the year.
By following the Teach Computing scheme of work, we hope that children at Normanton can become confident users across a range of computing software and understand what is required to stay safe online. We aim to provide creative lessons by giving the children chances to explore when using computer software and opportunities showcase their work whenever possible.
This year, we have tried to enrich our learning by using a number of different coding applications to develop our knowledge of programming.
These have included:
- Refreshing our understanding of internet safety by taking part in Online Safety videos via Google's Interland. Also completing online tasks to ensure we know how to stay safe online.
- Developing our hand positioning when typing by practicing our Touch Typing skills on a regular basis. We have used the website typingclub.com to record our words per minute and accuracy of typing.
- We have completed a trial run of Rodocodo to improve our understanding of programming and completing tasks relating to logical thinking and algorithms.
- We have used Code Monkey to again enhance our knowledge and understanding of coding.