At Smithdown Primary, we believe the use of information and communication technology is an integral part of the National Curriculum, a key skill for everyday life and vital for a successful future for our children. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. In an evolving world where technology is at the heart, we aim to develop enthusiasm in computational thinking and confidence in using the latest technologies for a range of purposes.
We are fortunate to have Mr Triggs from MGL work alongside our teachers to deliver our KS2 curriculum; providing a range of challenging computing activities.
Due to the cohort of children at Smithdown, we intend to shape our Computing curriculum to the children’s skills at the time which will differ from year to year. Thus, our teachers have the ownership to explore skills that may not have been embedded prior to their own year group.
At Smithdown, it is paramount that children are confident users of technology, including the internet, whilst exploring it safely. As a school, we have a duty to safeguard and promote the welfare of our children which includes online safety.
The Internet is an amazing place. Our pupils can play, create, learn and connect – the possibilities are endless. But there are also risks. Therefore we regularly discuss the importance of online safety with our pupils and they have all agreed to follow our acceptable use policy. Please click on the links below for copies of these documents.
Please click on the links below to find out more about our curriculum:
Progression in Computing
Please click here to see the coverage of skills and progression across all year groups in: Computer Science, Information Technology and digital literacy.
In computing we have been working in multiplayer on minecraft to build Anglo-Saxon villages using the correct materials, some of us even built our own longboats! @MGLWorld_Paul #smithdowncomputing #smithdowndt #smithdownhist #smithdownextra
We loved our ‘tinker time’ today. We explored different algorithms and even designed our own backgrounds too #smithdowncomputing #smithdowncomp @MrsCarpenter30 @SmithdownPrimY2 @SmithdownPr
Great afternoon with @MGLWorld_Paul creating Anglo-Saxon settlements and structures. The children had to work together to create their vision using appropriate materials. #smithdowncomputing #smithdownhist #smithdowndt #smithdownextra
Yesterday with @SmithdownPrimY5 and @SmithdownPrimY6 we discussed how to use drones safely and put our flight skills to the test #SmithdownComputing
Year 5 started writing in html text for their WWII websites today. They were very excited at the prospect of having their websites connected to our Year 5 page of the main school website! @MGLWorld_Paul #smithdowncomputing
Today we started our Ebooks on Ancient Egypt. We are combining all of our hard work over the topic in a wonderful, audio Ebook. I can’t wait until they are finished. #smithdownhist #smithdowncomputing
5NA are working hard with @MGLWorld_Paul to create their WW2 websites after doing their cross curricular HTML writing last week #smithdowncomputing
Stepping foot in the Amazon Rainforest is a once in a life time experience! Year 5 were transported there today with the aid of VR technology. #smithdowngeog #smithdowncomputing
5NA are doing a cross curricular write with @MGLWorld_Paul to help plan out their WW2 Web pages #SmithdownComputing
This afternoon we are coming HTML with @MGLWorld_Paul #smithdowncomputing