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24/05/22

In Elmer we have been thinking about sustainability and have been doing some ‘plastic free’ planting. https://t.co/XdldAya52S

24/05/22

Dahl class having such fun on the common on a nature walk for and , enjoying the nature all around us is good for us! https://t.co/Ucgu9AdTOW

23/05/22

To celebrate susfest, year 4 have created persuasive posters to encourage local people to reduce, reuse, recycle https://t.co/dWwviFw6Rq

23/05/22

Super start to our Sustainability festival 2022 week with lots of fascinating articles in Aquila to explore: from ancient eco warriors history to plant power science. https://t.co/OWb1PGamoO

23/05/22

Watch out HA Team Potter are about checking if lights have been left on! We are recording our data in a table and are going to present our data in a bar graph to Mrs Johnston! https://t.co/lmGdmVw6JD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/Hw0J5KGveK

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/1kffhg5izD

20/05/22

Some of our incredible year six artists’ multi-media, layered portraits of the Queen. https://t.co/eHecgNgcmB

20/05/22

A few examples of year six Team Tolkien’s Queen-inspired poetry https://t.co/ozpMvzTKHP

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/epf0ypDDZ5

20/05/22

Wonderful Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired poems. https://t.co/l8o9OclrMx

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/l7RyBSASHA

20/05/22

Year six Team Tolkien poets creating and performing their Queen-inspired raps. https://t.co/4s3HMYXfhR

20/05/22

Amazing year six Team Shakespeare poets writing and performing Jubilee poems to reflect their historical learning about the Queen this half term. https://t.co/SJWwE4AjxH

19/05/22

Year 3 & 4 had a lovely walk this afternoon to Oval for our educating hearts and minds project. We all enjoy the beautiful sunshine and surroundings. https://t.co/EP9svdB3x5

19/05/22

Potter Class had a fantastic time walking to The Oval this afternoon. What great weather for it! https://t.co/bypAsAbKWc

19/05/22

Year six track events - 100m sprint https://t.co/ud1Rkb2m9V

19/05/22

Year six practising their rounders skills and tactics on a gorgeous sunny day https://t.co/Wz0vNvu7rU

18/05/22

Dahl class have worked really hard on our home learning these past 2 weeks and have created presentations all about rocks, well done! https://t.co/2XQnYg9z7Y

16/05/22

Team Tolkien were treated to a short play, in the afternoon sunshine, on the much awaited new play equipment! We had beaming smiles all-round! https://t.co/FrsXJIZbGj

16/05/22

Year 3 have been inspired by their text War and Peas to design imaginary kingdoms that will inspire our writing. This lesson comes with a warning: it might make your stomach grumble! https://t.co/me12o2QXXw

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/TVZYVTOFp5

13/05/22

Year six team Shakespeare artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/A8duckwgsI

13/05/22

Year 4 working on our overarm throws in PE https://t.co/ZZhW29sRuA

13/05/22

Year six team Tolkien artists designing and creating crowns as part of our jubilee learning. What better way to spend the day after sats than using glitter! https://t.co/K8RUn7XNQP

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/KNsCXETRSe

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/PTZGaTlK4c

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/JfiEzUQKmh

12/05/22

Post SATs picnic party in the park! https://t.co/crKMu2myr7

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/OLVLXCWWK0

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/32CQPZCw22

12/05/22

Final year six SATs breakfast party and possibly the best: waffles! Much excitement for maths reasoning three then party in the park! https://t.co/3h6UFl4TMA

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/beTV7y3d60

11/05/22

Dahl class computer scientists have worked hard today on creating their own blogs https://t.co/GXGqvsR6jR

11/05/22

In maths today Dahl class have enjoyed using concrete resources (clocks) to create angles and measuring them using our protractors https://t.co/re9XWO18wK

11/05/22

Super pre-SATs cross country this morning https://t.co/fHUMiDkhSg

11/05/22

Year six Team Shakespeare historians exploring an art gallery of different representations of the Queen and answering the question: who is the real Queen? https://t.co/ln96bOdO45

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/q0mzITxvFn

11/05/22

Year Six day three SATs breakfast party: croissants! All very excited for double maths this morning! https://t.co/IME0bhxry7

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Computing

Purpose and Aims

Purpose

To equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Harpenden Academy we use computing across the curriculum to embed these skills.. At Harpenden Academy our key concepts that we teach the children are eSafety, digital literacy, computational thinking, programming and data representation. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We use the education for a connected world document to ensure that the children are taught all areas of e-safety at a suitable age appropriate level. Each Rising Stars unit begins with a e-safety lesson which links to their learning.

Aims

  • Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

Provision

We follow the Rising Stars switched on curriculum throughout school. Our curriculum is categorised in 2 ways:

  • Breadth - which gives pupils experiences of a range of computing experiences covering programming, computational thinking, creativity, computer networks and productivity.
  • Depth - which helps pupils to think and act like effective coders and users of technology and makers who carry out research, ask questions, work constructively and independently.

Whilst coverage is our goal for the “breadth” element, repetition and increasing the understanding is our goal for the “depth” element.

Our curriculum drivers shape our approach to teaching computing so that every opportunity is taken to relate the needs of our pupils. Computing is studied throughout each academic year and across each key stage so that pupils can gain a growing developmental understanding of the coding, communicating, connecting and collecting in our curriculum. Coherent contexts for learning engage and involve pupil.

Progression and Assessment

Although we follow Rising Stars Switched on Computing scheme we adapt out our teaching and expectations to work alongside the Chris Quigley Essentials “mile stones” approach. Each milestone has a set of indicators that are repeated throughout 3 cognitive domains: Basic (we call it Paddling), Advancing (we call it snorkelling) and Deep (we call it diving). It is expected that the vast majority of pupils will have an advancing understanding by the end of the unit and some will have a deep understanding.

Assessment and reporting

We will assess the pupil’s depth of understanding each term and use this to forecast as to whether pupils are on track to meet our curriculum expectations for the end of the milestone.

Monitoring, evaluation and improvement

The role of the leader in monitoring pupil’s outcomes is to audit teacher’s judgements. This is done collectively in staff meetings and then collated by the leader. The leader then works collectively with the teachers to examine the strengths of the provision along with the areas for development for the provision. The leaders then create an action plan to improve achievement. The leader keeps track of the improvements they have secured over time to understand how effect the provision is.

See below the progression of our whole school scheme of work following the Rising Stars curriculum:

Unit

Title

Unit Summary

Computing Programme

of Study focus

Year 1 – Autumn 1

We are treasure hunters

Using programmable toys

Programming

Year 1 – Autumn 2

We are TV chefs

Filming the steps of a recipe

Computational thinking

Year 1 – Spring 1

We are painters

Illustrating an eBook

Creativity

Year 1 – Spring 2

We are collectors

Finding images using the web

Computer networks

Year 1 – Summer 1

We are storytellers

Producing a talking book

Communication/Collaboration

Year 1 – Summer 2

We are celebrating

Creating a card electronically

Productivity

Year 2 – Autumn 1

We are astronauts

Programming on screen

Programming

Year 2 – Autumn 2

We are game testers

Exploring how computer games work

Computational thinking

Year 2 – Spring 1

We are photographers

Taking, selecting and editing digital images

Creativity

Year 2 – Spring 2

We are researchers

Researching a topic

Computer networks

Year 2 – Summer 1

We are detectives

Communicating clues

Communication/Collaboration

Year 2 – Summer 2

We are zoologists

Recording bug hunt data

Productivity

Year 3 – Autumn 1

We are programmers

Programming an animation

Programming

Year 3 – Autumn 2

We are bug fixers

Finding and correcting bugs in programs

Computational thinking

Year 3 – Spring 1

We are presenters

Videoing performance

Creativity

Year 3 – Spring 2

We are vloggers

Making and sharing a short screen cast presentation

Computer networks

Year 3 – Summer 1

We are communicators

Communicating safely on the internet

Communication/Collaboration

Year 3 – Summer 2

We are opinion pollsters

Collecting and analysing data

Productivity

Year 4 – Autumn 1

We are software developers

Developing a simple educational game

Programming

Year 4 – Autumn 2

We are toy designers

Prototyping an interactive toy

Computational thinking

Year 4 – Spring 1

We are musicians

Producing digital music

Creativity

Year 4 – Spring 2

We are HTML editors

Editing and Writing HTML

Computer networks

Year 4 – Summer 1

We are co-authors

Producing a wiki

Communication/Collaboration

Year 4 – Summer 2

We are meteorologists

Presenting the weather

Productivity

Year 5 – Autumn 1

We are game developers

Developing an interactive game

Programming

Year 5 – Autumn 2

We are cryptographers

Cracking codes

Computational thinking

Year 5 – Spring 1

We are artists

Fusing geometry and art

Creativity

Year 5 – Spring 2

We are web developers

Creating a web page about cyber safety

Computer networks

Year 5 – Summer 1

We are bloggers

Sharing experiences and opinions

Communication/Collaboration

Year 5 – Summer 2

We are architects

Creating a virtual space

Productivity

Year 6 – Autumn 1

We are adventure gamers

Making a text-based adventure game

Programming

Year 6 – Autumn 2

We are computational thinkers

Mastering algorithms for searching, sorting and mathematics

Computational thinking

Year 6 – Spring 1

We are advertisers

Creating a short television advert

Creativity

Year 6 – Spring 2

We are network engineers

Exploring computer networks including the internet

Computer networks

Year 6 – Summer 1

We are travel writers

Using media and mapping to document a trip

Productivity

Year 6 – Summer 2

We are publishers

Creating a year book

Communication/collaboration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Year 1 Elmer Class, Algorithms for our Robots

We loved being computer scientists in Elmer class today. We programmed our robots to follow our algorithms. When the robots didn't do quite what we thought they would we debugged and tried again!

Year 3

Moomin class have been enjoying the new ICT Suite.

Moomin

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Elmer Class, Tate Modern Paint

The highlight of the week has been seeing the children access a new resource release by the Tate Modern which helped us with our Computing learning https://www.tate.org.uk/kids/games-quizzes/tate-paint Using this, the children experimented with the different 'paint' techniques to create an effective picture of a character/setting from a book. 

Elmer

 

Dahl class using Powerpoint to create presentations

In Dahl class we have presented our own improvements for Harpenden, we have worked really hard! Our class voted and the winning improvements were for a splash park in Rothamstead and a nature reserve with bird hides on the common.

Dahl 2

Software Developers in Kerr class 

As software developers, Kerr class have been designing toys and recreating their toys on scratch.

Kerr

Elmer Class video skills 

Elmer class have been developing their videoing skills. Today we pretended to be TV chefs and film our new cooking show. The children really enjoyed being in front of and behind the camera. In a few weeks we will become TV chefs for real!

Elmer 3

Potter class in a pickle! 

Potter class are all in a pickle! In Computing we have been learning how to debug a program to make a pizza. We showed a lot of perseverance and had a lot of fun!

Potter

Dahl class cracking codes 

Yesterday, Dahl class enjoyed using semaphore to send secret messages to their friends,we found it quite tricky!

Dahl

Esafety lesson in Elmer class 

Elmer enjoyed their eSafety lesson learning about keeping their personal information safe. We used the 'Kim and Lee' video to stimulate our discussion. The children then created their own comic strips. Well done Y1-you are very responsible online users!

Elmer 2

Elmer being TV chefs 

Elmer have been learning about how to use an internet search to find images. Today we searched for TV chefs, recipes and food linked with our new unit 'We are TV chefs'. We also started to think about how the camera is used during filming of a TV show.

Elmer

Coding in Elmer Class, Year 1

In Computing this week, Year 1 Elmer Class have been writing and testing our algorithms. We used simple code to predict where we thought the Beebot would go. We then de-bugged our algorithms.

Beebot

Cyber Bullying

Amazingly informative and creative cyber bullying home learning in Year 6

Cyber bullying

Creative Friday, Animation

We love Creative Friday! The children have been using the iMotion app to create short animations. We were inspired by Morph (for those of you old enough to remember!)

Creative Friday

Year 4 Austen Class, Computer Programmers of The Future

Meet the Computer Programmers of the next decade...Year 4! We are thoroughly enjoying creating our own times table games using Scratch.

Year 4 Austen

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