Computing

IMG_2951 RThe Roche Computing education gets pupils excited about technology and its possibilities.

Pupils are initially equipped with the skills needed to explore technology efficiently before moving on to other key skills such as word processing, search and more specialised computing skills. The syllabus also addresses E-Safety and the role of technology in their personal lives.

Early Years

Computing in the Early Years and Foundation Stage involves using technology creatively; children use technology as a tool to help them explore and observe things about their environment. They begin to learn keyboard and mouse skills as well as key terminology.

Key Stage 1

The children learn keyboard and mouse skills that enable them to produce short pieces of text, sometimes with illustrations from clipart or images from the internet. They also learn to use search engines to locate information and pictures for topic work. In Reception, the children learn to make remote control toys move by entering simple commands. This is followed up in Years 1 and 2 with Microworlds Junior, an introduction to basic programming. Pupils investigate simple troubleshooting alongside touch-typing and word processing.

Key Stage 2

Key Stage 2 continues to focus on computer literacy. Pupils use search tools to find information and develop an ability to judge its relevance. They start to use their Microsoft Publisher and Excel skills to support their other subjects. They are introduced to coding which is further explored in Years 5 and 6 where they look at complex algorithms in programs Scratch and Lego Mindstorm. Alongside this, they come into contact with the modelling software Google SketchUp. Year 6 investigate how to use scale, different aspects and various tools to build scale models of buildings and objects.

E-Safety

Online safety is a large aspect of computing in Key Stage 2. As technology is integral to our lives, it is essential we teach proper use as opposed to restricted use. We focus on digital presence and equip pupils with a strong sense responsibility, as well as the ability to recognise and deal with acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.

Assessment

Each module establishes learning objectives and the pupils’ progress is monitored by success criteria. Informal, formative assessment takes place every lesson and each pupil receives feedback. Having personalised goals and regular feedback allows the children to become independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning.

Enrichment

Clubs relating to computing include Filmmaking and Roche Robotics. Furthermore, there are council-run challenges as well as opportunities for pupils to use their computing knowledge to help them create projects relating to other subjects or outside interests.

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STEM Week – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths at The Roche School

The week commencing 3rd October will be STEM Week at The Roche School, based around the theme of Water. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, so the week will involve many exciting experiments, challenges and construction activities. On  Monday 3rd October, STEM Week will be kicked off by a special whole school assembly centred on the theme of ‘Water’, led by a special guest…Science Man. Throughout the day every class will have a workshop looking at the importance of water, uses of water and water experiments. On Tuesday 4th October we will be holding a whole school ‘Times Tables Challenge’, where every child will compete (with differentiated tables) to gain as many points for their house as possible. Good luck! On Thursday 6th October, The STEM team at school will lead an interactive assembly and award prizes won during the weeks’ challenges.