WELCOME TO THE COMPUTING PAGE
Mrs. Kaye - Computing Subject Adviser
My name is Mrs. Kaye and I teach maths and English groups. I am Subject Adviser for Computing and manage the School’s website and social media accounts.
I graduated from the University of Manchester then, following several years of travel, went on to study a PGCE in Primary Education at Liverpool University. I have worked at schools in Salford, on the Wirral, America, in Yorkshire and now I’m teaching back in my home town of Widnes.
I thoroughly enjoy teaching and I am so privileged to work at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School. I love managing the website and social media accounts because I get to share all the amazing things our pupils and staff are involved in.
I first developed a love for teaching Computing when I worked as a 'Computing Lab Resource Technology' teacher (that's a mouthful!) in an American school I worked at several years ago. I worked with teachers to plan and deliver Computing lessons to children in Kindergarten all the way up to Grade 6 - it was an amazing experience. From there, I was Computing Subject Adviser at a small village school in Yorkshire where I set up their website and various other Computing systems and opportunities.
Computing at St. Bede's is exciting and challenging. I work closely with Mrs. Medikhani (@MGLWorld_Kerri) who is a specialist teacher of Computing and programming. She works with myself, staff and pupils to ensure we are all experiencing new and emerging technologies.
Recently, St. Bede's attained the new NAACE Mark Accreditatin for Computing (only the second school in the country to do so!) I have attached the assessor's report for you to look at - it highlights the areas we are proud of and work so hard to achieve.
If you have any questions about Computing at St. Bede's, please click HERE.
Below, I have attached some great links to use at home with your children. Please also refer our E Safety page for monthly reminders and news on how to stay safe (click HERE). Additionally, I have detailed the intentions of Computing at school below, how we implement our intentions and the impacts this will have on our pupils.
Thank you for visiting the Computing Faculty Page!
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INTENT STATEMENT FOR COMPUTING
The intent of the curriculum at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School is to ensure children are able to function competently, safely and creatively in all areas of technology. We intend, as practitioners, to be well-equipped to support our pupils during their time at St. Bede’s with a quality curriculum that is challenging, interesting and relevant to the world around them ensuring progression throughout.
To enable our pupils to experience, enjoy and learn from new technology at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School, our intentions are:
• To present computing as a creative and fascinating process in which children are encouraged to use their own initiative, imagination, reasoning, investigative skills and independent learning;
• That children appreciate the relevance of computing in our society and regard it as an essential tool for learning, communication, finding information and for controlling and understanding their environment;
• That children receive equal opportunity to develop their computational capability, with the use of computing being planned for in line with its status as a core National Curriculum subject;
• We intend that children learn to work individually and collaboratively and that they are aware of the need for safety when using the Internet;
• Our intention is that children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
• We intend for children to analyse problems in computational terms, and apply their digital literacy skills in a range of technology-based activities.
IMPLEMENTATION AND PLANNING
Computing at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School has been divided into three areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy (which includes E Safety). The aims and intentions of the Programmes of Study, issued by the Department of Education, have been categorised into these three main areas, applicable to Key Stage 2.
Key Stage 2 Aims
Computer Science (CS)
4. Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
5. Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
6. Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
7. Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web
8. Appreciate how [search] results are selected and ranked
Information Technology (IT)
2. Use search technologies effectively
3. Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
Digital Literacy (DL)
3. Understand the opportunities [networks] offer for communication and collaboration
4. Be discerning in evaluating digital content
5. Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
The school utilises a fantastic resource to implement our teaching and learning intentions from Knowsley City Learning Centre’s online scheme of work. To implement our work in E Safety, we have adopted the eAware Safety scheme. These resources are shared on the Teacher Share in Year Group Planning Folders.
In Computing and Information and Communication Technology, as with all subjects, we implement teaching and learning using a variety of whole class, individual and group work, direct teaching, pupil investigation and skills practice. Staff confidence and expertise in the understanding and implementation of the curriculum has been developed by employing a specialist teacher from MGL World (a Liverpool-based computing educational specialist company). Staff consult regularly with the specialist teacher to develop the teaching and learning intentions along with the most effective implementation methods for each term, alongside the Computing Subject Adviser. Termly assessments of pupils taught are made and progression monitored.
To ensure implementation of the curriculum, all classes are timetabled in the ICT Suite, and teachers can request additional time when cross-curricular links present themselves. Teachers identify links with other areas of the curriculum wherever possible so that previously gained skills can be reinforced and applied in new contexts, as well as supporting learning in other areas. ICT times are listed on the weekly planning document.
In addition to the PCs in the ICT Suite, there is a PC in each classroom and each teacher has a laptop. All of these machines are linked to the school network. We also have 60 i-Pads to further enhance learning opportunities and implementation of the curriculum objectives in a variety of different settings.
SKILLS PROGRESSION IN DIGITAL LITERACY
At St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School, we have adopted the Knowsley scheme of work. For the purposes of the scheme of work, Digital Literacy is broken down into two areas: Digital Creativity and Digital Citizenship & Technology (E Safety). This ensures that we cover what is a vast subject area and offer a balanced curriculum to our children. This is demonstrated in the diagram below. This time, instead of linking to the programme of study, we have given examples of skills children will develop in covering these topics. We hope this will allow teachers to make the link between the programme of study and the scheme of work.
LONG TERM PLANNING
Teachers use the Knowsley City Learning Centre’s online scheme of work and support resources to plan their Computing and ICT activities in-line with the long term plan which maps progression of skills alongside a Progression Document. All of these resources have been downloaded and saved into a Planning Folder on the Teacher Share drive. Medium term plans for each term detail what will be taught each week and teachers are free to annotate the scheme where necessary to support the delivery of each session. If cross-curricular work is planned, this is indicated on teachers’ weekly plans as appropriate. Also, it is important to recognise that some aspects of traditional ICT are still required to be taught discretely and should not be forgotten; in KS2, children should be taught to: “select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information”.
An overview of the long term planning is attached as a PDF.
We intend that the impact of the teaching and learning of ICT and Computing at St. Bede’s Catholic Junior School ensures children make progress and attain in-line with or better than national expectations. We strive to ensure that children are given opportunities to achieve the greater depth standard whilst appropriately supporting those pupils working towards the expected standard.
We also hope that the impact of engaging, challenging, relevant and stimulating Computing experiences will develop a life-long love of technology and the immense possibilities it will hold in the future of our pupils’ lives.
“The Web as I envisaged it, we have not seen it yet.
The future is still so much bigger than the past.”
Tim Berners-Lee, Inventor of the World Wide Web.