Computing

IMG_2951 RThe Computing curriculum at The Roche School aims to ensure that pupils are excited by technology and its possibilities. Initially, pupils are equipped with skills enabling them to interact with and explore technology efficiently before moving on to other key skills such as word processing and search. Pupils continue to build up their proficiencies moving on to more specialised computing skills. E-Safety and the role of technology in their personal lives is addressed in KS2.

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

In Key Stage 1 the children start to learn some keyboard and mouse skills to enable them to produce short pieces of text, sometimes with illustrations from clip art or imported 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 Year 1 and 2 with Microworlds Junior, an introduction to basic programming. Pupils also investigate simple troubleshooting alongside touch-typing and some word processing.

In Key Stage 2, we continue to focus on computer literacy with pupils working on using local and web-based search tools to find files and information as well as developing an ability to judge the relevance and worth of their search results. They also begin cross-curricular work using programmes such as Microsoft Publisher & Excel within other subjects. Work on coding begins.  In Years 5 and 6 pupils will continue their work on coding, exploring complex algorithms in ‘Scratch’ and ‘Lego Mindstorm’ computer programmes. Alongside this, they start to explore the modelling software, Google ‘Sketch Up’. Year 6 investigate how to use scale, different aspects and various tools to build scale models of buildings and objects.

E-Safety is also a large aspect of computing in Key Stage 2: as technology has become integral to our lives, it is essential that we teach “proper use” as opposed to “restricted use”. We will focus on ‘digital presence’ and our aim is to equip pupils with a strong sense of respect and responsibility, as well as the ability to recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and how to deal with it.

Assessment: Clear learning intentions for each module are set and their progress is monitored by specific ‘success criteria’ which provide goals for them to achieve and exceed. Informal, formative assessment takes place every lesson with each pupil having access to personal feedback. Having open goals and regular feedback allows the children to become independent learners who assume responsibility for their own learning as well as setting their own personal goals.

Enrichment: There are clubs relating to computing available to all children including 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 to outside interests too.

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Run For Us - Friday 13th May

I am pleased to inform you that The Roche School will be holding its annual Cross Country event on Friday 13 th May 2016 in Wandsworth Park. The arrangement this year, however, will be a little different since I would like to try out a format which has worked well for me in previous years. What is a 6 hour Run for Us event? The event will start at 9am and will run until 3pm. The rules are simple: every class will have at least one member from their class (or a representative such as a parent) on the track at all times of the day. The children will be scheduled for 30-minute slots where they can run, walk or skip around the course aiming to complete as many laps as they possible. Classes will also have the chance to come and run as a whole class during the day. The main aim of this event, as in previous years, is for the children to raise as much money through sponsorship as possible. All the money raised will go towards our school charity, Doctors Without Borders UK or to Vulindlela Guardians - the chosen charity of St Mary’s Church in Putney. Sponsorship: A sponsorship form is on the rear of this letter. Once sponsorship money is collected please return it to your class teacher. Sports prefects will also be collecting for the charity on the day. There are two ways of getting sponsorship! The first is an amount per lap that your child completes, EG £1.00 per lap. Every child will have a run card attached to them during the day. Every time they come through the starting line, their run card will be stamped by an adult. This will be the evidence to show those who sponsor per lap as the children will not be able to collect the money from these sponsors until after the day. The second way is a set amount for the whole day/taking part, EG £30.00 total. Parents are more than welcome to come and join in and run a lap or two in support of the children. A copy of your child’s class run roster will be sent home so you know what time they will be running. On the day itself, the children may come to school in sporting kit. This could be the school sports kit but we will allow other team kits (Chelsea football kit/rugby tops/ weekend sport kit, karate kit etc... anything to do with sports). Please remember that they still need to be able to run the course so trainers are essential. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to get in touch with me. Kind regards Mr Pete Clark Deputy Head of Sport p.clark@therocheschool.com

Finishing Times - 23rd March 2016

Please see Parents Page for details of finishing times.

Parent Survey - Please respond

In order to receive parent views on the school, we have produced an online survey. We would be grateful if as many parents as possible could complete it. Further details will come home with your child. The information will be analysed by the senior management team and will inform the school development plan. Thank you for your time on this. Kind regards Jonny Gilbert Deputy Head Teacher The Roche School