At Marland Hill we follow the ‘Rising Stars’ scheme of work which outlines a progression of computing skills from Year 1 through to Year 6. Each year the children build upon the previous year’s skills and look at each topic from a fresh perspective.
We have recently reviewed and developed the software available within school for children to successfully achieve the outcomes in each topic. We have also carried out pupil interviews to see what software the children use at home so that we can engage children and their interests more.
To ensure that children keep up-to-date within the computing curriculum we ensure that all children are timetabled to access a computing lesson once a week. For this, the children are able to use a computer and any other resource needed to achieve their objectives.
Through school the children cover a comprehensive range of topics, this includes:
Programming, coding, debugging, filming, editing, emailing, graphic animation, databases, audio recording and composing.
The children also have the opportunity to develop and refine other basic computing life skills such as:
Typing, word processing, PowerPoint presentations, editing pictures and data handling.
Central to all of this work covered within each year group, is emphasising how children should keep safe whilst online. We emphasise that ‘being online’ is not just being on the computer, this is through any type of multimedia interface which can connect to the internet such as: phone, computer, tablet, Xbox, Play Station etc. We also ensure that E-Safety posters are used within each class on the safeguarding displays so that all children understand how they can keep safe and who they can talk to if they need to.
At Marland Hill we also provide the children with opportunities for cross-curricular computing sessions. Staff are increasingly using computing as part of their cross curricular work within Topic and Literacy.
In the Spring term 2017, we are looking to run an afterschool club for children who are interested in computing. This will include children creating their own games by coding and programming and learning new skills.
As well as this, there will be an E-Safety workshop for parents to attend to identify signs and strategies to help protect their children whilst online.
As part of our work around internet safety and anti-bullying we were delighted to welcome One Day Creative to Marland Hill today with their touring show "Ugly".
About the show
Have you ever thought about what happened to the Ugly Sisters after Cinderella went off to marry her Prince Charming?
In this challenging and thought-provoking piece about the effects of bullying and cyber-bullying, we see what happens to two sisters who have been openly shunned by the same boy, have a mother with mental-health issues, a high-profile celebrity sister who seems to have it all, and no-one to turn to when they feel the whole world has turned against them.
This interactive performance looks at issues children are facing today including social media, trolling, peer pressure, verbal abuse and physical bullying. It also looks at how easily it happens and how we can avoid getting involved. We will question some of the myths surrounding bullying; is it a normal part of childhood? Does surviving it make you stronger? Is it okay to hit somebody who is bullying you? Does bullying only happen in schools? Can you spot a bully from the way they look? Is it still cyberbullying if you have never met the person and haven’t physically hurt them?
Along the way we’ll meet some famous characters including Cinderella and Prince Charming themselves (well, over Skype), and we help the sisters to work out what to do.
What the children learn...
Exploring how to use voice, movement and expression in role play and drama.
Expressing ideas, thoughts and feelings through role play and drama.
Individual confidence, public speaking, basic acting skills, teamwork and awareness of others.
An understanding of Cyber-Bullying and the importance of Internet Safety.
All of our children thoroughly enjoyed the show. Check out the pictures and videos below!