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ICT and Computing

What is Computing at Dale Hall?

At Dale Hall Community Primary School, we are aiming towards using computing daily, in all different subjects. Computing helps us learn skills and gets us ready for our future work-life. We do not want children to see Computing as one subject, but rather a key skill that can be used across all manner of disciplines. As the technological world keeps advancing, we feel that it is our duty as educators to ensure that pupils develop digital literacy from a young age.

How do we keep pupils safe online? 

Computing is always supervised by adults so that everyone is safe; learning how to be safe online is our priority. Our aim is to keep children safe online and give them the knowledge to be able to do so. We are taught to act sensibly, respectfully and responsibly and know what actions should be taken if anything inappropriate happens online. The teachers also provide parents and carers with up-to-date information so that everyone can work together in keeping children safe online.

Listen to Radio Suffolk to talk to PC Mike Small, Mrs Allum and some children and parents about e-safety. Have a listen ... (2hrs 24mins)

 

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/p080zk3f

 

How have we been using Computing within our lessons?
Reception have been using their new board to enhance their learning of Maths and Phonics. Pupils have been able to create, edit and share their work on the board. They have also been able to work interactively by using some amazing Phonics games.  
Year 1 have been...
Year 2 have been following excellent algorithms and applied it to their photography unit. Year 2 have been taking, importing and editing photographs, as well as adding text to the photographs as well. 
Year 3 have been using the iPads to plan and record their own films to show off their learning. Recently, Year 3 recorded an interview of their PoR character, Ruskin, on the iPads. Pupils followed instructions to use the 'camera' or 'voice record' apps on the iPad to create their own TV or Radio interview. 
 
Check out Year 3 having a go at creating some PowerPoint presentations to show off their Science work. 
Year 4 have been following algorithms to create their own information PowerPoint presentations to show their current learning. Year 4 have confidently researched topics and input both text and graphics into a slide show. Year 4 extended their learning even further by adding in transitions. 
Year 5 have been podcasters this half term- researching the history of podcasting and making their own. Year 5 have had to follow several different algorithms to create their podcasts and have had to identify errors when they have not gone to plan. 
Year 6 have been...  working with the Coding Robots this month as part of their Computing lessons.
 
They have learnt how to move the Robots via the IPads, they also managed to programme them to speak, follow instructions and interact with each other. It was great fun!
How have we been using Computing to enhance our learning at Dale Hall?
Digital Learning Displays are useful to refer to learning that we may be doing at home or at school that is IT focussed. At Dale Hall, we use a range of online resources to compliments our learning. By having the QR codes present in the classroom, pupils are able to access these resources more readily. Therefore, pupils have an increased amount of time using the resource rather than typing in the web address. 
Code Club
KS2 have been given the opportunity to take part in Code Club with Mr Spalding. Code Club allows the pupils to create games and projects using various coding techniques. Watch this space for links to some amazing coding.