Key stage 1
Computing Systems and Networks – Technology Around Us
Develop your learners’ understanding of technology and how it can help them. They will become more familiar with the different components of a computer by developing their keyboard and mouse skills, and also start to consider how to use technology responsibly.
Creating Media – Digital Painting
Explore the world of digital art and its exciting range of creative tools with your learners. Empower them to create their own paintings, while getting inspiration from a range of other artists. Conclude by asking them to consider their preferences when painting with, and without, the use of digital devices.
Creating Media – Digital Writing
Promote your learners’ understanding of the various aspects of using a computer to create and change text. Learners will familiarise themselves with typing on a keyboard and begin using tools to change the look of their writing, and then they will consider the differences between using a computer and writing on paper to create text.
Computing Systems and Networks – Information Technology Around Us
How is information technology (IT) being used for good in our lives? With an initial focus on IT in the home, learners explore how IT benefits society in places such as shops, libraries, and hospitals. Whilst discussing the responsible use of technology, and how to make smart choices when using it.
Creating Media - Making Music
Learners will explore how music can make them think and feel. They will make patterns and use those patterns to make music with both percussion instruments and digital tools. They will also create different rhythms and tunes, using the movement of animals for inspiration. Finally, learners will share their creations and compare creating music digitally and non-digitally.
Key stage 2
Computing Systems and Networks – Connecting Computers
Challenge your learners to develop their understanding of digital devices, with an initial focus on inputs, processes, and outputs. Start by comparing digital and non-digital devices, before introducing them to computer networks that include network infrastructure devices like routers and switches.
Creating Media – Stop frame animation
During this unit, learners will use a range of techniques to create a stop frame animation using tablets. Next, they will apply those skills to create a story-based animation. This unit will conclude with learners adding other types of media to their animation, such as music and text.
Key stage 3
Impact of Technology – Collaborating Online Respectfully
A primer for learners on how to use the school network appropriately. This unit builds in time for teacher-led discussions on why appropriate usage is important, as well as allowing for opportunities to highlight online safety issues.
Using Media – Gaining Support for a Cause
Do you want your learners to change the world? Here’s a good place to start. They will develop a deeper understanding of information technology and digital literacy by using their skills across the unit to create a blog post about a real world cause that they are passionate about and would like to gain support for.
Modelling Data – Spreadsheets
Introduce your learners to the wonderful world of spreadsheets and the concept of cell referencing. Ask them to collect, analyse, and manipulate data, before turning it into graphs and charts. Data is beautiful!
Imagine a world without computer networks: there would be no more YouTube, Google, instant messaging, online video gaming, Netflix, and iTunes; no online shopping; no file sharing; and no central backups of information. This unit begins by defining a network and addressing the benefits of networking, before covering how data is transmitted across networks using protocols.
Representations: from clay to silicon
Humans use symbols to record, process and transmit information. Introduce binary digits to your learners as the symbols computers use to perform these tasks and focus on the representation of text and numbers.
Data Representation: Images and Sound (Going Audio Visual)
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