Welcome to Computing at St Matthew's!
We love technology in our school and take every opportunity to use it across the whole curriculum. Have a look at our vision for computing and the photo's of some of the exciting activities and events we have run recently......
Computing Unplugged Week
"Unplugged" week at St Matthew's gives our children an opportunity to focus on and develop their skills as "Computational Thinkers" without actually using computers!
During this week the children take part in paper based, drama and other practical hands on activities in order to teach them Computer Science.
Year 2L Looking at Directional Language and practising writing shorthand Code.
Year 2R Creating Algorithms (instructions) to draw a Crazy Character. To Evaluate (test) their work, they asked their friends to follow their Algorithms to see what their characters looked like.
Year 5E Working Collaboratively to find their way out of a pencil maze. In programming pairs, one student gives instructions whilst the other follows the path.
Digital Literacy in KS1
Making sure everyone is safe and having a happy time when they go online is very important to us here at St Matthew's. So, in KS1 and Reception we have a team of Online Safety Hounds or Digi Dogs, one in each class, to help the children with their work and to remind them how to stay safe online.
The children take it in turns each week to take their class Digi Dog home, there they can sniff out great ideas and can share important safety messages with their friends and family.
Coding in KS1 and KS2
What our children think about computing in school....
"I really enjoy using the iPads in Music. I am learning to play the guitar myself and when we use 'Garage Band' I can experiment with different sounds and instruments, my favourites are the piano, drums and guitar." Reece Yr6
"I love Monday afternoons because that's when we get to do 'Code Studio'
I am doing really well and at the moment I am learning how to put 'if'and 'or' statements into my coding". Daniel Yr5
"The best thing about using technology in year 4 is when we are allowed to 'play' (teacher code for 'Computer Science and Coding! ) and use Purple Mash to make bar charts for Maths and Science. Summer Yr4
"We have used the iPads and MacBooks to look at different countries in Geography. We researched their famous landmarks and the food people eat. My favourite thing to do on the iPads is 'Math Man' it's a bit like 'Pac Man' but it makes learning Maths really fun!" Alfie Yr3
" I like playing with Alex the Robot and Angry Birds on the iPads. Also it was cool to make an Avatar, I gave mine brown eyes and yellow hair. Avatars help to keep you safe and so you don't share too much information online." Addison Yr2
"I like the Rocket game (Code Studio) and I made a crazy sculpture using dots (Purple Mash 2Paint)." Ruben Yr1
Year 2 Created their own Avatars