Computing at Penpol
At Penpol School we are passionate about providing our students with opportunities to explore, create and discover with technology through our dynamic and hands-on Computing Curriculum. Throughout their time at Penpol, students will embrace a range of technologies and develop a wide suite of digital skills that will prepare them for their future.
We are fortunate enough to have a wide variety of learning resources to help us deliver this curriculum including iMacs, iPads, Logitech Crayons, Micro:Bits, LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics, Sphero SPRK+ Robots, a Makerbot Replicator+ 3D Printer and most recently we have received several LEGO SPIKE Prime Robotics kits.
LEGO WeDo 2.0 Robotics
Sphero SPRK+ Robotics
Transferrable Skills developed through Computing
One of the key benefits of Computing is that children develop a variety of other skills which go far beyond just “knowing how to use a computer“. These are life skills which can be applied across subjects and include:
- Problem Solving
- Logical Thinking
- Self Confidence
Learning how to use the Internet safely, how to talk to people about concerns and how to be responsible digital citizens is a huge part of our Computing curriculum. Each year we dedicate a whole half term to exploring this vital topic and use the Be Internet Legends program from Google and ParentZone to support with this learning. Through these lessons children will cover topics such as:
- Being aware of what they are sharing and with whom, including what information is safe to share and what information should be kept private and offline.
- Understanding how to protect their data and how passwords help with this.
- Understanding that things on the internet may not always be as they seem and how to spot signs that something might not be quite right.
- Discussing cyberbullying and other nasty behaviour online and how we can overcome this through correct support and open conversations.
- How to reach out and ask for help or support if necessary through a trusted adult, either at home or at school.
Being safe online has never been more important and it’s something which we’re always happy to talk about at Penpol. We encourage our pupils to have honest conversations both at school and at home about their internet usage including discussing any potential problems that may arise. By encouraging these conversations we believe we are in a better position to support and protect our students from any potentially harmful situations that may arise.
Computing Teaching Staff
Mr J Woolcock
Key Stage 1 (5-6 year-olds)
Children will be learning what algorithms are, which will not always involve computers. When explained as “a set of instructions” teachers may illustrate the idea using recipes, or by breaking down the steps of children’s morning routines. But they will also be creating and debugging simple programs of their own, developing logical reasoning skills and taking their first steps in using devices to “create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content”.
Key Stage 2 (7-11 year-olds)
Slightly older primary-school children will be creating and debugging more complicated programs with specific goals and getting to grips with concepts including variables and “sequence, selection, and repetition in programs”. They will still be developing their logical reasoning skills and learning to use websites and other internet services. And there will be more practice at using devices for collecting, analysing and presenting back data and information.
Be Internet Legends A free program including games and useful information, made by Google. We use Internet Legends at Penpol as a core part of our e-safety lessons. This software is free to use at home.
The Penpol Times
Children in Key Stage 2 have recently taken home their very own