Latest Computing News and Events at Frenchwood
At Frenchwood, we aim to provide a high-quality computing education and equip our children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We want our children to be confident leaders in the world of computing and at Frenchwood we provide our students with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to continue striving in computing independently.
In school, we work hard to raise the aspirations of our children and to provide good opportunities for their future aspects. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world.
At Frenchwood Community Primary School, we have put in place a high-quality computing education to equip pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. The teachers at school teach all three elements of Computing as well as E-Safety: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy in which children are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, ipads, green screens, Beebots, data Loggers, crumble and micro bits; allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures our children become digitally literate so they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology.
We also take our pupil’s safety very seriously and staff at Frenchwood CP School continuously teach our children how to stay safe online as well as the effects of our Digital Footprint on the World Wide Web.
As with all subjects, reading skills are very important in building children’s knowledge and understanding of computing. Our children love coding and in order for them to debug algorithms, it requires them to read and comprehend the coding language, before debugging the code. These skills are built upon year on year, until the end of year Key Stage Two where children will emerge accomplished in many aspects of computing. Within the computing curriculum, children learn through completing projects and have to gain new skills to complete these units of work. Children in all key stages learn computer programming and coding, testing and debugging their apps as they go.
In addition, we use a variety of resources to develop these skills in school. Classrooms are well resourced with interactive whiteboards, surfboards and student laptops, all of which are used to enhance children’s learning. All children have the opportunity to access laptops which can be used as part of a lesson, for group work, research or as a way of presentation. ICT is used to enhance learning environments throughout the school and the E-safety messages are highlighted throughout the curriculum.
We want our pupils to have a range of positive experiences within Computing, utilising cross curricular links to help children excel in the subject. A wide range of computing lessons are taught regularly and build upon previous skills, knowledge and experiences. Computing lessons equip the children with the skills that enable that to function and succeed within the modern world.
The Subject Leader
Subject Leader: Mrs F Desai
My name is Farhana Desai, I am the subject leader for Computing, and I love technology. Computing is everywhere, from music, to media, to sport, to fashion and health. I am passionate about solving riddles and coding allows me to do that! One of the most enjoyable aspects of Computing is seeing children write and de-bug coding and create some amazing game designs.
I thoroughly enjoy the children’s creativity and to be in a position to be able to support them with confidence and passion is a privilege. An important part of my role is to lead computing across the school with links to developing children’s confidence and competence of engaging with a variety of technology.
I also coordinate and set up Internet Safety days for the school, allowing children and adults to get involved by bringing awareness of online risks and how they could remain safe, enabling them to believe they can use technology in a safe and responsible way. In addition, on a regularly basis, I share guidance and tips to our parents on technology and be a part of our Safer Internet Day.
The Frenchwood Computer Scientist: Progression
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Computing is not explicitly mentioned in the EYFS statutory framework, but we do offer opportunities for children to use technologies, e.g. sound buttons for recording their own voices, Bee-bots, interactive screens.
Personal, social and emotional development supports children in learning how to express themselves, enabling them to talk about things that worry them.