Who leads Computing at The Divine Mercy?
Computing at The Divine Mercy is led by Mr Mitchell and Mrs da Costa. Before becoming a teacher, Mr Mitchell worked in the computing industry for over 10 years.
What is the Computing Curriculum?
This webpage relates to how we cover the Computing Curriculum at The Divine Mercy. For KS1 and KS2 look at the national KS1 & Computing Curriculum. In Early Years the Technology area of Development Matters covers the national Computing requirements.
In KS1 & KS2 we use the award winning Switched On Computing scheme of work to ensure our children cover the Computing Curriculum. This scheme of work is approved by National Association of Advisers for Computing in Education. In EYFS teachers plan Computing learning around the specific topics being covered and by providing continuous opportunities for the children to access technology when they want to.
Our teachers are free to adapt the scheme as they see fit to ensure our children get the most relevant and effective Computing learning they need.
What will my child use to help them learn Computing at The Divine Mercy?
We have invested heavily in ICT equipment to support our children to not only learn Computing but to also enhance learning opportunities in all subjects. Each class has their own set of 6 iPads (EFYS share 10) and we also have 30 iPads that can be used for whole class teaching. We have 30 chromebooks in a trolley for the children and our own Knowledge Meadow (Computing suite). Some of the other equipment that your child may also use include: bee-bots, talking tins, programmable robots and green screen media.
We also use packages such as BugClub and IamLearning to support learning across the school. By using these software packages the children are also continually developing their Computing skills.
Who helps you stay up to date with Computing?
We use specialist Computing experts to ensure our staff have ongoing, up to date knowledge about Computing. Some of our partners include: Computeam, JTRS and IamLearning. Mr Mitchell is also a member of Computing at School.
The Early Years team are working with the EdLab team at Manchester Metropolitan University to develop short videos to support parent/carers.
How do the children learn about eSafety?
Keeping safe online is part of the Computing Curriculum. At The Divine Mercy we feel it is important to go beyond that to ensure we keep our children safe and they know how to be safe. We use filtering systems in school to ensure children only access appropriate sites. Every class has eSafety posters, we take part in the Global Safer Internet day each year and we provide eSafety briefings for parent/carers. Our eSafety page gives more information about eSafety.
Examples of websites we use in computing: Scratch provides a stepping stone to the world of computer programming. We use Scratch to create our own animations and to design our own games. The website is free for children to use.
Click on the logo to go to Scratch online
Isle of Tune is a fun way for children to learn about music sequencing. By creating street layouts children can create their own musical journey. We use Isle of Tune in Year 4 during our 'We are Musicians' unit of work.
Click on the logo to go to Isle of Tune