Three years from its introduction, the Computing Curriculum still causes debate amongst educationalist. I do err on the side of those who believe in the return of the ICT curriculum. That said, I have continued to incorporate the creative parts of ICT in my teaching of the Computing curriculum.
When the curriculum was first introduced, I was amongst the first group of teachers to be able to see the draft through my membership of NAACE. I provided feedback and as usual with many of the changes that occur in Education only some of the common changes were made. I was happy to see the introduction of Computer Science (Coding), which for me was equivalent to the old ‘Control Technology’ which I taught from the beginning of the QCA framework. I was one of the very few teachers who understood Control Technology enough to teach it in a Primary School. I recently found a video of the ‘1992 BBC Acorn User Show’, where I presented my class’ Lego City’ project to all who attended. We had built our city using Lego Technic and models we made ourselves and using the Logotron programme ‘Coco’, to program our home lights, traffic lights, ferris wheels, washing machines to turn on and off etc.
Back to the Future
I was so happy to find this video on YouTube because back then we didn’t do our own recordings although I do have photographs below of my class at the show. Sadly I think the coding aspect of the curriculum will become for some teachers like control technology became, taught by a few because it does not excite others especially in primary.
Let’s look forward to the next five years to see how the Computing Curriculum will evolve.
Computing & ICT resources
In this section you will find a variety of Computing & ICT resources, links, lesson plans and other practical ideas that you can use in your classroom. Please do use the Contact Us form if you have any questions about anything you find on this page.
The programme of study appears to be divided into 5 distinct strands:
*Email/Internet (including the use of search engines etc).
I want to start here by sharing one of my favourite lessons I like to use with both pupils and staff as an easy and fun introduction to the Computing curriculum using ‘Switched on Computing’ resource which I adapt to suit the school I am working with, usually in the first term, Autumn, ‘We are Photographers’ unit for Year 3. The ‘Focus Lesson’ below will change each term or sooner.
Here are links to other people’s websites that we have found to have very useful resources for Computing and other subjects.
ICT Magic: A fantastic site with lots of resources, ideas etc. for ICT, Computing and all other subjects
Simon Haughton: Lots of Computing lesson plans, ideas etc. for all ages in Primary
Spring: Online Safety (E-Safety)
This spring our focus is on E-Safety and all issues related to keeping safe online. This topic coincides nicely with Safer Internet Day 2018 (Feb 6th) and the forthcoming changes in data protection, GDPR (– General Data Protection Regulation), which comes into force in May 2018. We are offering links to resources, activities and useful information for schools and parents.
Did you know that 28th January 2018 was Data Privacy Day? An annual event to remind people about the importance of their data privacy. This year has been focussed on teaching children about their own data privacy. Click here to read @TrendISKF blog
GDPR – more information to come. Click here to download the GDPR Guide
Here is one activity adapted from a lesson plan found in the 3-7years Safer Internet Day 2018 pack.
‘Design your own unique emoji to represent how you feel when you are online. Try not to copy an emoji/emoticon you already know. You can use this activity for any age group. How about designing your emoji then making it into a collage using different textured materials?
Online safety is an issue schools and parents cannot ignore. Here are some useful links that will help teach your children and families about keeping safe online.
Safer Internet Day 2018 – Check out the education packs which are filled with lesson plans, activities, PowerPoints and lots of useful resources to make learning about online safety enjoyable.
London Grid for Learning E-Safety Resources – This site is packed with lots of fantastic information and resources to use in class and for parents. May require log in to access some of the resources.
ThinkUKnow Hector’s World Videos and resources for teaching younger children about online safety.
ThinkUKnow Lee and Kim– Sid shows Lee and Kim the dangers of sharing personal information online.
ThinkUKnow Play Like Share – resources for teachers and parents for 8-10 year olds
Smart Crew Adventures with Kara, Winston and Cookie monkey – Learn about online safety with the SMART crew.
NSPCC – I saw your willy video and resources
NSPCC – Share Aware video and resources
Internet Matters – ESafety Advice advice for parents on internet safety issues
CEOP How to report online safety issues to the police.
Parent’s Guide to Snapchat (Right click and ‘save as’ to download)
Parent’s Guide to Facebook (Right click and ‘save as’ to download)
Parent’s Guide to Cyberbullying (Right click and ‘save as’ to download)
Get Safe Online (Free Advice)
BBC OwnIt – Great new online safety website
Autumn: We are Photographers lesson plan
WALT: We are Photographers. Click the image below to open the full size version.