Computing at Hawthorn
In Reception the children use a range of technological toys and computer hardware. They look at how to turn the computer on and off and explore how they work. The children use age appropriate software and games on the computer and iPads.
This term the children have been learning how to use the iPads. They have logged in using the school's passcode, deleted old apps and learnt how to find apps. They know where the volume buttons are and how to lock the screen. The children have interacted with age appropriate games with support their independent learning.
Spring Term 2021.
The children learnt about online safety and only using games that parents allow them to use and the ones in school which are accessible on the iPads. The children talked about what they would look at if they searched something. They would only access the games and programmes; they are familiar with.
The children drew their favourite game on the iPad screen and what to do when something they are unsure about comes on the screen. The main message was 'ask your grown up.'
They have accessed APPs with cross curricular links for Maths and English.
In Year 1, we have been learning how to program and sequence instructions by using the Scratch and bee bot app. We then used the bee bots to plan routes and program instructions to make them move.
In Year 2, the children's first Computing topic was ‘E-Safety’. The children were taught that they should stay safe online by making sure they are choosing websites that are good for them to visit. They should avoid sites that are not appropriate for them and to always make sure that an adult is present when they are going online. The children were taught about what they should do if they come across anything, they are not sure is safe.
The children went onto learn that the information they put online leaves a digital footprint or “trail.” This trail can be big or small, helpful, or hurtful, depending on how they manage it. They explored what our school digit footprint would look like and then our own digital footprints The children went on to learn about how to search the internet in a safe and effective way. They looked at keyword searching and how this is an effective way to locate information on the Internet.
The children learnt how to use PowerPoint to make an informative presentation about the Great Fire of London. The children began by learning 'what is a presentation?’ We explored how PowerPoint technology can purposefully be used to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. The children learnt how to add a New Slide and change the slide layout using technology. They looked at how they could add text and change the shape and size of text being added to a slide before looking at how we can put transitions onto our PowerPoint.
Some children also went onto to 'Book Creator' to create mini project books about the Great Fire of London.
Spring Term 2021.
The children have been capturing images with a camera and learnt how to record sounds and play them back to a partner. Children in Year 2 have been predicting what the outcome of a simple program will be. They have used Scratch Junior to write a simple program and test it. The children are becoming more familiar with the 'learning blocks'. For example using the repeat command.
In Year 4 this term the children have looked at copyright and how that affects how we can use images from the internet. They have used the chatterpix app to animate historical figures from Ancient Greece. They have downloaded images from the internet and uploaded files from an app and the iPad to Seesaw.
In Year 5 the children have worked on their computing skills through Science. They have created multimedia presentations about the life cycles of different animals. They have also used the internet to research animals and plants found in the Lacandon Jungle in Mexico.
Spring Term 2021.
Year 3 have begun to use information from the internet to make notes about the rainforest. They know how to search for an image, copy it and save it in their work.
Year 4 have chosen and captured images to download into a file. They know how to crop photographs and add effects. For example, change the colour of the original picture.
Year 5 have focused on Algorithms and Programs and can now combine sequences of instructions and procedures to turn devices on or off. They understand 'input' and 'output'.
Year 6 have created their own databases and presented information from it. They have collected live data and used the formulae bar to explore mathematical scenarios.
KS2 took part in a live assembly around online safety. It was interesting, interactive and gave the children lots of key messages to think about. They learnt about ‘phishing’, how to identify whether the information given is ‘real or fake?’ and how important it is to have a strong password to secure your accounts. They were given challenges to solve and were able to share their knowledge about online safety too. Thank you to Parent Zone and Be Internet Legends for this fantastic opportunity.