Miss H Drabwell – Computing Lead

At Hillfort, our aim is to prepare our students to be confident, effective and safe users and creators of technology. We feel it is essential that students become digitally literate to enable them to access the curriculum throughout their schooling, into future workplaces and as active participants in the developing digital world.

We focus on closing the digital divide and providing opportunities for all children to have access to modern information and communication technology. With this is mind, we deliver the three strands of the computing curriculum: information technology, digital literacy (including online safety) and computer science. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during the children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed.

We aim to make their learning memorable by providing practical and context-based computing lessons. 

As part of information technology, children learn to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT. Programmes that we anticipate using over this coming academic year include Sway, Powerpoint, Book Creator, Popplet and Microsoft Word. Alongside this, they will be using multimedia such as Do Inc Green Screen and I Can Animate to create digital art and develop animations for video creation.

In computer science, we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including algorithms and applying these algorithms as code. Children will learn to analyse problems and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. By the end of KS1, children will have learned how to input simple instructions to control a device (BeeBot) while learning how to fix bugs in their programming. By the end of KS2, children will have completed training through code.org to program code and confidently debug their programming. Furthermore, we aim to foster digital creativity with Micro Bits. Children will use code to turn abstract concepts into exciting experiences.

Within digital literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of technology and the skills to safely access the internet, networks and email. At Hillfort, we follow the themes set out by the ‘Education for a Connected World’ document, where the children will learn how to access online spaces safely and benefit from the opportunities that come with connecting with others and accessing a range of devices.

We want children to leave Hillfort equipped with the skills and knowledge to safely access technology and to become part of the global online learning community.

Long Term Planning

Hillfort Specific

Embody the school’s values
Kindness, resilience, challenge
With children’s increased use of technology, we are aware that they are spending more time sat playing e-games, watching a screen or using a range of social media. This in turn, is having an impact on their practical, outdoor and physical activity.
Multicultural Links
How can we use technology and online learning to allow children to access information, cultures, people and places that they not be able to experience? E.g virtual reality, film, pictures, linking with children in different countries and finding out new information.

Computing Concepts

We have to learn to balance the benefits offered by technology with an awareness of its effects on ourselves and others, including how to keep ourselves safe within the virtual world.
Technology is everywhere. Be able to identify it and have a growing understanding of how it works and its effect.
Machines work when given specific, accurate instructions.
Technology moves quickly: what does the future hold?
Technology can be a tool for creativity.
Music production Digital Art Video creation.
Geographical barriers can be overcome with technology, connecting us as Global Digital Citizens.

Computing Skills

Digital LiteracySelf-image and identity, online relationships, online reputation, online bullying, managing online information, health wellbeing and lifestyles, privacy and security and copyright and ownership.
Information TechnologyWord processing, Data handling, Presentations (web design, e Books), Video creation (animation, Augmented reality and green screen) and Digital Art (photography, sound and art)

Links with Digital Literacy (audience and design)
Computer ScienceUsing Computational Thinking to solve problems such as sequencing steps (algorithms), implementing the algorithm as code and being able to debug mistakes.

Curriculum Maps:

Year 1
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
Technology all around us6 weeksDigital Literacy: Health Wellbeing and Lifestyle
Digital Painting6 weeks
Digital Writing – Book creator7 weeksDigital Literacy: Managing online information
Grouping Data6 weeksDigital Literacy: Privacy and security
Moving a robot6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online relationships
Introduction to animation7 weeks
Year 2
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
IT all around us6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online bullying
Digital Photography7 weeksDigital Literacy: Self Image and Identity
Making music6 weeks
Pictograms6 weeksDigital Literacy: Copyright and ownerships
Robot algorithms7 weeksDigital Literacy: Online reputations
Introduction to programming7 weeks
Year 3
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
Connecting computers6 weeksDigital Literacy: Privacy and security
Desktop Publishing6 weeksDigital Literacy: Managing Online Information
Animation7 weeks
Programming-music focus7 weeksDigital Literacy: Online reputation
J2data-branching data6 weeksDigital Literacy: Health lifestyle and wellbeing
Programming (lines focus)6 weeks
Year 4
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
The internet6 weeksDigital Literacy: Managing Online Information
Desktop PowerPoint6 weeksDigital Literacy: Copyright and ownership
Creating media – Audio editing (podcasts)6 weeksDigital Literacy: Self-image and identity
Digital 3D Art – Minecraft education6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online relationships
Programming (shapes and patterns focus)6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online bullying
Programming (Sphero balls)6 weeks
Year 5
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
The internet6 weeksDigital Literacy: Managing Online Information
Sway – Collaborative learning online6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online relationships
Video editing (including green screen)7 weeksDigital Literacy: Self-image and identity
Data logging Graphs and charts6 weeks
Programming (programme creation e.g A quiz)6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online reputation
Programming (Micro:bits)7 weeks
Year 6
1 weekThe Hillfort Digital Code of Conduct
Internet communication6 weeksDigital Literacy: Managing Online Information
Website creation using Wix7 weeksDigital Literacy: Copyright and ownership
Variables in games6 weeksDigital Literacy: Online bullying
Introduction to spreadsheets6 weeksDigital Literacy – Privacy and security
Programming (Micro:bits)9 weeks
The AI Debate3 weeksDigital Literacy: Health wellbeing and lifestyle