Computing

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Co-leaders:

   simon-whiteSimon White, Cleveland Road Primary  

  IMG_4689Paul Cusack, John Bramston

 

2016 – 2017 Action Plan

Aims:

  • To release an updated scheme of work that runs alongside last year’s scheme in the Autumn term
  • To increase attendance at any events organised for this year’s Computing Open Schools Program.
  • We aim to hold 3 Computing CPD sessions with support from Nic Hughes (former Redbridge AST for ICT – currently working for 3BM) throughout this year. We will continue to cater for NQTs, non-specialists as well as subject leaders across all Redbridge schools.
  • We intend to include a focus on unplugged computational thinking within our CPD sessions, developing teachers’ understanding of concepts as well as best teaching practices.
  • The resource bank was created on LGFL OneDrive but accessibility was an issue. We plan to move the resources to the RNLC main site to allow for easier access for all schools. 
  • A conference to celebrate the work and raise the profile of Computing in Redbridge schools.

Members

  • Cleveland Road Primary
  • John Bramston Primary
  • Coppice 
  • Fairlop Primary
  • Fullwood Primary
  • Goodmayes
  • Grove
  • Mossford Green Primary
  • Mayespark Primary
  • Oakdale Junior
  • Parkhill Jun
  • Redbridge Primary
  • Roding
  • South Park
  • SS Peter & Pauls
  • Uphall Primary
  • William Torbitt

What is the improvement priority being addressed by the network?

  •  Continue to support Computing overview 2 by working with Nic Hughes to develop resources to share the RNLC website.
  • Encourage participating members of the network to submit a strand/sample of planning to the RNLC website.
  • Provide 3 training workshops through-out the year supported by Nic Hughes.
  • To invite Phil Bagge to run a Computer Science training session in Redbridge

 

What will be the impact of the network’s activities?

 

  • Last year’s workshops were well attended and well received by a variety of Redbridge schools, both within and outside of the network. This provided us with our greatest impact yet and gave us a road map for the coming year. With support from Nic Hughes we will be able to provide 3 CPD sessions throughout the year and cover all strands of the RNLC Computing scheme of work. These training sessions will focus on a different strand each time and will offer teachers a variety of resources and ideas to take back to their schools and implement.
  • We have found that quite a few schools within the group are experiencing conflicts within their schools in providing resources or sample plans. Some feel that their plans are not yet suitable to be shared but are adapting their plans according to their experience teaching them.  We hope this will produce an appropriate set of samples in the coming year.  Some schools find it difficult to get permission to share their plans and some help from the RNLC umbrella group would be appreciated with this.
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  • An increased attendance at any RNLC Computing events (Open Schools, CPD, meetings, Schools’ Conference) will hopefully encourage greater participation of Redbridge schools within the Computing Network

 

How many schools/children will benefit from the network’s activities and how?

  • We currently have 17 participating schools in our Computing network
  • Our aim is to increase the number of Redbridge schools engaging with the RNLC scheme of work, sharing good practice with the network. In turn, the network will cascade this information to as many Redbridge schools as possible.
  • The CPD sessions will ensure that the teachers are confident in teaching all aspects of the Computing curriculum, including unplugged sessions (focusing on key concepts and computational thinking without the use of computers). After speaking with other members of the network and teachers at Redbridge IT events, teachers have shown a desire for a better understanding of computer science concepts, not just a focus programming and coding

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RNLC Computing Overview – Version 2  – 2016

This overview is intended to support schools with a range of resources and ideas to create and adapt their own computing curriculum. The overview is split into 3 main strands computer science, digital literacy and information technology. The network have created a resource document for each strand which can be accessed by clicking the strand titles in the tables below. There is no set order in which to teach these strands and schools will need to decided where these would fit best through out the year. We’re continuously working with a network of schools who are sharing their best resources and ideas so we can support each and continue to develop computing in Redbridge schools. We will continue to update the resource documents and share the developments at the Redbridge subject leaders meeting each term. 

The hour approximations are guidelines and total to 32 hours through out the year. This should be adjusted to suit your year group, time table and school. We would advise focusing the majority of your hours to the Computer Science strand as a large portion of the computing curriculum. Digital literacy can be spread out across the year and doesn’t need to be taught in large chunks, pick and choose what topics you would want to cover and adapt to your pupils/schools needs. Data handling and communicating ideas can be taught in a cross curricular format with subjects such as English, Maths, Science, Art etc.   

If you have any questions about the overview the co-leaders contact details are the bottom of the page. 

Computer Science 
 

Computer Science 1

Computational Thinking

2 Hours

Computer Science 2

Programming

8 Hours

Computer Science 3

Physical Computing

6 Hours

Year Group  
EYFS Instructions   Controlled Toys
Year 1 Making a jam sandwich Let’s explore algorithms  Bee Bots 1
Year 2 Sequences  Let’s talk using Scratch Bee Bots 2
Year 3 Loops and Repetition  Lets make music using Scratch
  • Code Bugs
  • Lego We Do
  • M – Bots
  • Makey Makey
Year 4 Selection Let’s play game using Scratch
Year 5 Variables Let’s keep score using Scratch
Year 6 Decomposition Let’s create using Scratch

 

  Digital Literacy 
 Year Group

Online Safety and Networking 

6 Hours

EYFS    Smartie the Penguin
Year 1    Digiduck’s Big Decision 
Year 2    SMART Rules
Year 3    Digital Footprints
Year 4   Email
Year 5   Netiquette
Year 6   Plagiarism and Copyright

The topics in this strand are guidelines and  the resource document is not split into year groups. These topics can be covered across most year groups and can be adapted to suit your school.    

 

  Information Technology
Year Group 

Data Handling

5 Hours

Communicating Ideas

6 Hours

EYFS                                              Exploring Digital Media
Year 1  Surveys and Pictograms  Create a story
Year 2  Bar Graphs  Create a animation 
Year 3 Branching Database   Create a art documentary
Year 4 Top Trumps   Create a superhero
Year 5 Lunar Park  Create a building
Year 6 Sorting algorithms and sorting networks  Create a TV show

Data handling will be coming soon. 

 

 

This overview was designed and written by

Simon White (Cleveland Junior School)

Paul Cusack (John Bramston Primary School),

Nic Hughes (3BM)

Kenny Luequee (Fullwood Primary School)

Anne De Asha (Mayes Park Primary School)

 

Acknowledgements to Barefoot Computing  and Phil Bagge who have created and provided these valuable resources and ideas.  

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RNLC Computing Overview – Version 1  – 2014

This overview is intended for schools new to Computing and looking to introduce teachers and pupils to the core concept of computing. These resources and activities are good starting points but after a year we advise moving to overview 2.

This overview was designed and written by Paul Cusack (John Bramston Primary School), Rachel Patel (Fullwood Primary School) and Simon White (Cleveland Junior School).

The following schools who contributed to the final draft of the overview. `

Jespy Pereira-Barker – Uphall Primary School

Jane Rolfe – Wells Primary

Nick Platon – Aldersbrook Primary

Acknowledgements to Nic Hughes  whose wonderful prior work on the old  curriculum grid  has been recycled and used where appropriate.  Also, we would like to acknowledge Phil Bagge (Code-it.co.uk) as his ideas proved to be great starting points!

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Please click the computing curriculum link to view the resource sheets for each strand in overview 1. 

 

 

Training Day Resources

Phil Bagge Training – 13th March 2015

To access the Powerpoint and resources Phil used, please email Simon White on the email below and he will send it via email. Phil asked for the document to be not placed in a public domain. 

 

Computational Thinking Unplugged  –  15th October 2015

The RNLC Computing network will be hosting their second Computer Science workshop in October. This workshop will focus on a variety of computational thinking concepts and how to teach these concepts without a computer. We will offer “unplugged” lesson ideas that range from algorithms and logic to how the World Wide Web and the Internet work. We will send teachers back to schools with practical activities for learning about problem solving and programming without a computer. This primary focused training session will offer excellent hands-on training delivered by Nic Hughes who has previously worked in Redbridge as the Computing AST and many local schools in the past. 

All the resources can be found by following the link below and downloading from the Google Drive.

Resource Pack – Computational Thinking Unplugged

Main Presentation  – http://www.tinyurl.com/rnlc15oct

 

Physical Computing  –  21st January 2016

 

 

 

Contact Us

Simon White Cleveland Junior School s.white@clevelandroadpri.uk
Paul Cusack John Bramston Primary School pcusack1.317@lgflmail.org