At Pleasant Street Primary School, we believe that developing a child’s computing skills is vital for their successful future. In an ever-changing world where technology is leading the way, we aim to develop confidence and enthusiasm of the topic and to explore computational thinking.

We want pupils to grow throughout their computing education; for them to aim high in their future aspirations to become engineers, programmers, developers and anything they set their talents to. Our lessons are ones that pupils remember with fondness and to engage with the broad range of opportunities that go above and beyond that of a regular primary school curriculum expectation.

The safety of our children within the growing and developing technological world is paramount – we empower our pupils to become confident, aware, and capable users of the online world; through regular STEM opportunities being delivered and the higher-level technology present within the school. At our school, Computing is more than a curriculum subject, but a way to integrate a community within the school that provides up-to-date information to help families.




In addition to our computing curriculum, our children also experience ‘STEM’ sessions with a computing specialist teacher from MGL. We call these sessions “Awe & Wonder” sessions; they promote a high-level of enjoyment within Computing and captivate the imagination of the children to inspire and create awe. In these sessions the children work on different mini projects in teams. Take a look at some of the examples of the work produced below.



E-Safety is an important part of the school curriculum, to help support this at home we have uploaded a number of guides in the Online Safety part of the website, please click here to find out more.


USEFUL WEBSITES

Scratch
BBC Bitesize (KS1)
BBC Bitesize (KS2)
Barefoot Computing
Childnet
National Online Safety
Kodu Game Lab
STEM Learning

Hour of Code
Think Fun
Computing at School
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Computing Chatter

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Computing 💻

12-06-2024

Reception took a visit to our lovely computer room this week, the children were so sensible at finding a laptop, opening the screen and turning on the power button. The children had a go at moving the mouse on the keyboard. Reception then had a practice of using the mouse to make some art on the app ‘paint’, the children practiced clicking the button and using the trackpad to draw, it was a bit tricky but they had fun learning how to use the computer.

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Computing

11-06-2024

Today we spoke about how to be safe on the Internet. We used a traffic light to determine if a website was safe or not.

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Class 5 3D Modelling

10-06-2024

This morning Class 5 was introduced to Sketchup. Children logged onto the website and started to create a new model. We focused on some of the different features such as the rectangle tool, two point arc tool, push & pull tool, orbit and fill tool that you can use in Sketchup when creating models. Children used the different design features to create their own house.

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Computing

20-05-2024
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Class 3 Micro:bit

14-05-2024

Class 3 had the opportunity to explore a Micro:bit this morning. Children looked at the basics of how a Micro:bit works and how we can use block coding to create programs. Children then focused on how we can use LEDs to display different animations creating a rock, paper, scissors game. We then created a reaction game using variables, inputs and loops.

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Y5 Computing

30-04-2024

Y5 have been looking at the Internet and its uses in Computing. They used powerpoint to present their information.

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WWW vs the Internet

30-04-2024

We researched and created PowerPoints to present what we learnt about WWW (World Wide Web) and the Internet.

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Year 2 Sorting and Presenting Data

29-04-2024

This morning Year 2 have been continuing with their presenting data topic, by creating top trump cards about different animals. Children conducted research and gathered records and fields  about 4 animals of their own choice. Using excel we then inputted the data to create a digital version of a top trump card. 

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Computing

29-04-2024

The children worked hard this morning to create a database of animals! They looked at things like height, weight and life expectancy.

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Computing – modifying text

22-04-2024

The children began their new computing unit by discussing the features of a keyboard, identifying some important keys.

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Computing

18-04-2024

We collected data about our favourite fruit and favourite pets. We then represented our data by creating pictograms.

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Class 2 Presenting Data

15-04-2024

This Morning Class 2 has been exploring Databases. To begin we had a class discussion about the different types of information you can have and what private information is. Children then moved onto look at the type of information you can have and what an ‘online’ and ‘offline’ database is, we listed some different examples. As a class we then created an offline database about Class 2 and children explored and collected information from an online database.

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Class 1 Computing

18-03-2024

This morning Class 1 have been using their knowledge gained from the past few weeks to program Beebots and Sphero Indi’s to move. Children worked to get the robots to do a series of instructions that included turning and moving forwards and backwards, children also completed different levels on the Beebot app.

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Curriculum time

22-02-2024

Class 7 explored our playground and garden area to begin our new topic of

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Programming, coding & Robotics.

19-02-2024

This morning Class 1 has been recapping what Algorithms are and why they are used when coding. Today children had to create algorithms to get a robot to complete different levels, we focused on moving forward and how we can use the turn right and left blocks to change direction. Children then looked at how we could apply this knowledge to a Beebot and created a ‘help sheet’ to use in the next lesson.

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Safer internet day

06-02-2024

The children discussed the importance of being safe online this afternoon and the need to make common sense decisions and always speak to a trusted adult.

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Year 4 Branching Databases

05-02-2024

Year 4 looked at how to use a Branching database to search for and find information. Children had character descriptions and had to use a branching database to match the description to an image.

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Coding Club

29-01-2024

We enjoyed some time using Hour of Code, Microbits and Chrome Music Lab in coding club this week. We enjoyed programming to create songs, achieve challenges and to create secret messages and symbols on the Microbits.

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Class 5 Crumbles

29-01-2024

This morning Class 5 investigated how Morse code is used. Children created a presentation about Morse code and why it is used. We then looked at what a Crumble is, children then programmed the crumble to play a message in Morse Code.

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Geography in Spring 1

24-01-2024

Before the half term Reception enjoyed exploring maps on the computer and guessing where we lived in the world, Reception then drew their houses on a map to show where they lived.

This term for Spring we explored again different places around the world using the computer, Reception let me know where they wanted to go on google earth and we discovered lots of different countries and places some children have been on holiday to and some places they have never been before. Reception also investigated some atlases.

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Scratch Jnr

22-01-2024

The children enjoyed creating a city setting this afternoon, giving a car instructions to drive through the scene!

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Stop Animation

18-12-2023

We worked creatively this morning to create a stop motion animation film!! The children worked together to design a setting and characters before making the animation!

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