Computing

Year 2

We follow the 2014 National Curriculum objectives for computing which can be found here:

National Curriculum Objectives 2014 

E-Safety

Children are taught about the use of websites and the confidence to choose websites that are appropriate to themselves. They are also taught of ways to keep themselves safe whilst using the internet, both at school and at home. Children are also taught how to access help, if they feel they are being subjected to things they feel are not right.

Multimedia

Following on from their work in year one, our children are given opportunities to use paint programmes and become more confident in the range of tools that can be used to create effects. Children also have their own personal file on the computer which they are taught to save and open their work from. Word processing skills are also further enhanced in year two, including using spaces, the Caps lock key, the delete and the back space key.

Our children will learn to use devices to take photographs and to use programmes to manipulate and enhance photos. Children will need to organise their digital content and select their favourite programme to add to a portfolio.

In our research learning enhancement, our children will learn how to note take and use the internet to retrieve information. They will then collaborate with their peers to use programmes to organise their research material using a mind mapping programme and then use presentation software to manipulate content.

Programming

We have a class set of floor robots which the children will be using to plan and enter sequences of instructions to explore and amend outcomes.

We are also giving children the opportunity to design their own computer programmes by teaching them all about coding.  Our year group has their own set of iPads so children will be learning how to use apps such as ‘scratch’ as well as coding software on espresso and purple mash.  Children will learn what algorithms are and how to create precise instructions using logical reasoning. When things go wrong, the children will be expected to debug the programme to make it work.

Kodu (Windows only), Daisy the Dinosaur (iPad) and Hopscotch (iPad) are programmes you may wish to try with your children at home!

During our data handling mathematics lessons, children use the computers to collect information and display that information using graphs. They also use graphs to interpret information.

Technology in our lives

Children are made aware of different forms of technology within the world and also how technology aids us in our everyday lives. Children will learn how to answer questions using technology to help them and then decide whether this information is reliable or not.

Within our ‘detectives’ learning enhancement, children learn that e-mails are a common form of communication and learn how to open e-mails to retrieve digital information. They will also gain experience of composing emails using appropriate language and vocabulary and to send these e-mails to contacts. They will also learn how to open and listen to audio files and make decisions about safety when using an e-mail system.

Data Handling

Children will use computer software to sort and classify groups of items and collect this data using tick charts and tally charts.  They will then use simple charting software to produce pictograms, bar graphs and pie charts to display their information.