At Horbury Primary, we understand the ever-increasing role that technology plays in everyday life, therefore it is vital that our children are presented with the wide ranging skills and applications of Computing. They learn to apply skills in word processing, data handling and graphics. These skills are used to enhance work produced in other areas of the curriculum. We also have a large computer suite.
All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard. We have two laptop trolleys with 20 laptops on each. In addition to this we have a class set of iPads. The school is linked to a computer network and to the Internet, which has a ‘fire wall’ to ensure relevant access and protection. We take issues of e-safety very seriously at Horbury Primary School, for further information please visit our designated e-safety page.
What will children be learning?
In Key Stage 1, children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as 'a set of instructions' teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. Children will be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to 'create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content'. They will also be developing their digital creativity skills by creating computer art, taking and editing digital images and creating simple animation.
In Key Stage 2 children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and 'sequence, selection, and repetition in programs'. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services. Children will be using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information. They will further develop their digital creativity through music and sound editing, 2D and 3D games design, webpage creation, and 2D, 3D and Stop-motion animation.
All children are also provided with the knowledge and skills required to become safe and responsible users of technology.
We subscribe to two online programs which we use in school, however, children can also access them at home. PurpleMash covers a wide range of curriculum areas, giving children the opportunity to use their Computing skills to create work at home. The children have their own individual logins for PurpleMash.
Discovery Coding (formally Espresso Coding) is used from Year 1 upwards in school as part of the Programming curriculum. Children are welcome to access this at home to further develop their coding skills, or to work on apps created in school.
Both online programs have the facility to save work in an online space that can be accessed both in school and at home.