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Biggin Hill School, Bromley

Computing in the Primary Curriculum

Through our computing curriculum at Biggin Hill we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills.

At Biggin Hill, computing is taught as discreet lessons by a specialised teacher. The computing curriculum is delivered through a scheme of work which follows the National Curriculum. It teaches pupils to create programs, systems and a range of content while encouraging them to express themselves and develop their ideas. There is an emphasis on how what is learnt can be used in a future working environment. Class teachers integrate Computing into other areas of the curriculum and pupils have the opportunity to use different pieces of equipment and apps in other lessons. Online Safety is an important part of our curriculum and is an ongoing theme throughout the year. We celebrate Online Safety Week each year and teach age appropriate E-safety lessons during this week.

Year 1

Autumn

iCode Level 1

Pupils will use games to learn key coding skills. The sessions will start by looking at everyday tasks and thinking about the thought behind a series of problems within the app 'Kodable'. This will culminate in students learning how to use the coding language 'Blockly', the app 'Hopscotch' and using the word algorithm with ease.

Spring

ILoop Level 1

This is an introduction to basic songwriting skills using the app 'GarageBand'. Students will work initially as a class creating a class song before moving into pairs or small groups to create a short composition using a variety of instruments and sounds available within the Apps.

Summer

IAnimate - Lite
IMove Level 1

During iMove, pupils will learn about 'Stop Motion' animation. They will gain a number of animating skills to create their own stop motion animation on an iPad. Pupils will have to create a plot and overcome the challenges involved in animating multiple objects and characters within one frame.

Year 2

Autumn

iCode Level 2

Building on the pupils' knowledge of Blockly from Lite Level 1, pupils will need to apply additional logical thinking to create algorithms within their new more advanced app Hopscotch. More advanced computing elements will be covered, and programs designed by the pupils will be able to showcase each group's understanding.

Spring

IGenre Level 2

Pupils will learn about a selection of different styles of popular music from the past 60 years and be tasked with creating their own versions using the app 'GarageBand'. Pupils will learn how to recognise different instruments and sounds associated with different genres

Summer

IAnimate - Lite
IMove Level 2

This course focuses on 2D and hand drawn animation. Pupils will learn how to bring two dimensional drawings to life through use of the app 'Do Ink Animation'. They will animate a given story line on 'Scratch Jr', mixing coding into their creativity, as well as creating their own animated Lego figure and finally create a flip book.

Year 3

Autumn

iLogic Level 1

Pupils will use a variety of apps to learn key coding skills. They will learn how to use the coding language 'Blockly' to introduce key programming elements such as steps, loops, basic logic and functions such as 'if' statements. This will progress into using code to create Spirograph style artwork.

Spring

ISong Level 1

This is an introduction to basic songwriting skills using the GarageBand app. Pupils will work in pairs or small groups to create a short composition using a variety of instruments and sounds available in the app. Tempo will be addressed, both in relation to musical genre and how it affects the feel and impact of a song. Musical and rhythmical patterns will be developed, and pupils will appraise each other's work with a view to implementing changes and improving their compositions.

Summer

IOffice
ISafety Level 1

Pupils will combine leaning how to stay safe while on a digital device with learning how to operate Office 365 programs. Our E-Safety module covers Cyber Bullying, Online Gaming, Trust, Digital Reputation, Location Permissions, Online Contact and Social Media. All of these topics are covered alongside learning how to use the basic functions within word and spreadsheet processors.

Year 4

Autumn

iFunction Level 2

iFunction looks at creating programs to solve real-world problems. Building upon their knowledge of 'Blockly' from Level 1 they will apply it to create games, control solutions and other problems mimicking real application of programming. We will also introduce written programming languages and learn basic syntax.

Spring

IDance Level 2

Participants will begin listening to a variety of popular dance music styles and analysing key elements that distinguish one genre from another. These findings will then be applied when students create a short composition in their chosen genre. Elements such as dynamics and pitch will be explored and applied to the compositions. The concept of the 'Audio Spectrum' will be introduced and participants will begin to use stereo-panning and level controls to improve their music's balance and texture.

Summer

IOffice
ISocial Level 2

Pupils will be presented with a hypothetical scenario where all social media platforms have been removed from the internet. They will then be tasked with designing and creating their own social media platform to fill the gap in the market. Throughout the half term, pupils will use more advanced functions in word processors to plan their ideas before finally collating them into a Keynote ready to be presented to their peers.

Year 5

Autumn

iFunction Level 2

Advanced iFunction looks at creating programs to solve real world problems. Building upon their knowledge of 'Blockly' from Level 1 they will apply it to creating classic arcade games, control solutions and other problems mimicking real applications of programming. Pupils will also learn how to expand their code during the latter part of the course.

Spring

IDance Level 2

Participants will begin listening to a variety of popular dance music styles and analysing key elements that distinguish one genre from another. These findings will then be applied when students create a short composition in their chosen genre. Elements such as dynamics and pitch will be explored and applied to the compositions. The concept of the 'Audio Spectrum' will be introduced and participants will begin to use stereo-panning and level controls to improve their music's balance and texture.

Summer

IOffice
ISocial Level 2

Pupils will be presented with a hypothetical scenario where all social media platforms have been removed from the internet They will then be tasked with designing and creating their own social media platform to fill the gap in the market. Throughout the half term, pupils will use more advanced functions in word processors to plan their ideas before finally collating them into a Keynote ready to be presented to their peers.

Year 6

Autumn

iFunction Level 2

Advanced iFunction looks at creating programs to solve real world problems. Building upon their knowledge of 'Blockly' from Level 1 they will apply it to creating classic arcade games, control solutions and other problems mimicking real applications of programming. Pupils will also learn how to expand their code during the latter part of the course

Spring

IDance Level 2

Participants will begin listening to a variety of popular dance music styles and analysing key elements that distinguish one genre from another. These findings will then be applied when students create a short composition in their chosen genre. Elements such as dynamics and pitch will be explored and applied to the compositions. The concept of the 'Audio Spectrum' will be introduced and participants will begin to use stereo-panning and level controls to improve their music's balance and texture.

Summer

IOffice
ISocial Level 2

Pupils will be presented with a hypothetical scenario where all social media platforms have been removed from the internet. They will then be tasked with designing and creating their own social media platform to fill the gap in the market. Throughout the half term, pupils will use more advanced functions in word processors to plan their ideas before finally collating them into a Keynote ready to be presented to their peers.

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