At Prince of Wales, the computing curriculum does not stand alone. We look to integrate computing and useful technology resources into learning wherever possible, allowing us to raise pupil engagement and deepen understanding.
Computing and the national curriculum
Staff members at Prince of Wales frequently utilize researched, data driven resources from the National Centre for Computing Education (NCEE), which allows our learners to making meaningful progress. Through tailoring our lessons to meet the needs of our pupils, Prince of Wales strives to make confident and safe users of technology, linking and developing skills in line with real world scenarios.
What pupils learn
The national curriculum for computing has three main areas of focus:
- Computer Science- The principles of computing; including coding, algorithms, reasoning and de-bugging
- Information Technology- Using technology for a purpose.
- Digital Literacy- Taking responsibility and the safe usage of technology.
Our delivery of the computing curriculum from year 1 to year 6 allows for clear progression throughout our pupils’ primary school career, developing the skills and the understanding of key programs that will aid them in further education and beyond.
Here is what our pupils will be learning this term:
Year 1-Digital Writing, Programming a robot
Year 2- Data and information- Pictograms, Programming- Robot Algorithms
Year 3- Programming- Events and Actions, Desktop Publishing
Year 4- Programming- Repetition in shapes, Creating Media- Photo Editing
Year 5- Creating Media- Vector drawing, Systems and Networks-Sharing information
year 6- Creating Media- Webpages and hyperlinks, Systems and Networks- Communication.
Every classroom has an Interactive Whiteboard and a Visualiser which are used as an integral part of lessons. In addition, there are at least 2 additional computers in each class
There is a Computer Suite which each class is timetabled to use every week and a set of ipads is available for children to use in the classroom. Other resources include cameras, programmable toys and recordable microphones. Scratch, alongside NCEE coding units are used to support the teaching of algorithms and programming.
The school subscribes to several online resources, including Mathletics, spag.com, IDL, Accelerated Reader and Purple Mash to support the children’s learning both in school and at home.
We communicate with parents and the wider community through the weekly newsletter, use of the school website, texting and e-mail.
Computing: Figure of the month- March 2021
Roy L Clay snr (born 1929)
Roy Clay Sr.(born 1929) is an American computer scientist and inventor. He was a founding member of the computer division at Hewlett-Packard, where he led the team that created one of the first home computers. Clay attended a segregated school and eventually was awarded a scholarship to study mathematics. After finishing university, he taught himself to code and earned a job at Hewlett Packard. He was director of the team who developed the HP 2116A, one of Hewlett-Packard‘s first mini-computers which were sold into thousands of homes and could play some of the first computer games.
Computing: Figure of the month- February 2021
Melba Roy Mouton
Melba Roy Mouton (1929-1990) was a prominent mathematician whose work was essential at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). She served as one of NASA’s human, “computers,” beginning her career as a mathematician and working her way up to being Head Computer Programmer and then Program Production Section Chief at Goddard Space Flight Centre. Roy’s computations helped produce the orbital timetables which allowed millions to see the satellite from Earth as it passed overhead.
Granville Tailer Woods (April 23, 1856 – January 30, 1910) was an African American inventor who held more than 60 patents in the United States.
Woods was the first African American mechanical and electrical engineer after the American Civil War. He was a self-taught mechanical and electrical engineer and his work predominantly focused on work on trains.
One of Woods’ most significant inventions was the ‘Synchronous Multiplex Railway Telegraph’, a communication method that allowed information and messages to be sent between train stations and moving trains. This creation furthered the safety and efficiency of public transport for many major cities across the United States.