Computing

What does computing look like at Brill?

At Brill School we offer our pupils deep and purposeful computing learning experiences. In the technological world in which we live, it is so important for pupils to become confident and responsible users and creators of digital content so that they may participate effectively and safely at Brill and beyond. Our computing curriculum is firmly embedded within other subject areas and this approach means that pupils experience authentic learning opportunities and are highly motivated as a result of this. At Brill School we recognise and value the importance of educating pupils about online safety. E-safety is therefore taught routinely to all pupils and they learn how to keep themselves safe and to treat others with respect online. 

Through the Computer Science strand of the computing curriculum, pupils are taught the skill of 'computational thinking' so that they are able to tackle complex problems with confidence and resilience by first breaking them down into smaller parts (decomposition) before moving on to develop possible solutions in a step-by-step way (algorithms). This has obvious benefits when approaching programming tasks but also in the broader curriculum as it supports pupils in articulating and thinking through problems in logical manner.

'Pupils who can think computationally are better able to conceptualise, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.'  CAS (Computing At School), 2013

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Crumble Robots Club

Across the Spring and Summer term, a group of Year 5 and 6 pupils have been busily learning how to program using a ‘Crumble’ controller. Their task was to design and build a ‘useful‘ robot. In order to achieve the finished product (see videos below), the children needed to learn how to use the computer software to program the controller, as well as learning how to connect up all of the parts so that their program would run successfully. On top of this, they had to decide what they would like their robot to achieve and work as part of a small group to achieve their goal. I am so proud of everyone who took part and all of the robots are brilliant! 

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Scratch shape coding

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In Year 3 we have been exploring how to use the program 'Scratch' to draw shapes on the screen using block coding. We then compared this to how we coded shapes using a different program called 'Turtle Logo', which does not use blocks.We had a great time watching our algorithms come to life on the screen!

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ThingLinks and Crazy Creatures!

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Crazy Creatures:

Eadee and George have been been thinking carefully about algorithms this week. Here are Eadee's instructions and pictures. A fantastic effort - Eadee has added detail to make her algorithm really clear for others to follow. Well done to both Eadee and George. Here is the video link if you want to challenge your family to create some crazy creatures too! Crazy Creatures Unplugged Computing Challenge

ThinkLinks:

Based on the topic 'The Great Outdoors', Ella has made a ThinkLink about lavender and bees and has also worked with her brother, Harry, to create a one about Muswell Hill. Claudia has created a ThinkLink about buttercups. Great work! They are fab and a fun way to learn about something. Click on the links below to explore their super interactive images.

ThinkLinks are a great way to share your understanding about anything you can take a photo of. If you'd like to have a go, watch these videos and don't forget to ask your parents' permission before you download the app or share any work online. 

ThingLink Tutorial        

How to create a ThingLink account

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'Unplugged' computing activities

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Hi everyone,

Barefoot Computing is a great website for 'unplugged' (no device needed) computing activities and they have added some fab 'Mini Missions' to have a go at. These will help to develop 'computational thinking', which is very important for helping us to solve problems both on and off-screen. Click on the link underneath the image to look at the activities and let me know what you think.

Mini Missions - 'unplugged' activities         

Miss Clayton :)

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Introduction/Refresher on using Espresso Coding 22/04/20

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Hi everyone,

I hope you are all well and enjoying the lovely sunshine.

I've made a short recording to introduce Espresso Coding for use at home. This video is mostly to support parents of younger children who may wish to access the site, but need a little guidance, and also touches on how to save finished apps online so that friends and family can enjoy them too. I would love to see some of your finished work so please do email me to tell me if you've created an app that you're proud of.

Pupils will already be familiar with this website and older pupils may wish to explore the new Coding 2.0 section or even try programming using HTML or Python. 

Please refer to the letter pinned on the Computing page of the school website for more information about Espresso and how to login.

I hope you find this help video useful and I will add another short video to explore Coding 2.0 soon.

Miss Clayton

Espresso Coding Introduction Video

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E-safety assembly - Online Gaming

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On Thursday 19th March, our wonderful Digital Leaders presented an assembly about 'online gaming.' This was a topic they felt strongly about and wanted to help inform the rest of the school so that everyone could play safely. They had created both a PowerPoint and a drama sketch to teach the rest of the school ways of staying safe online, specifically when playing online games. 

Well done to them all for such an engaging and informative presentation!

 

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Online Safety

With all online activities, please ensure that you supervise your child and support them in selecting websites and activities that are appropriate for them. We would also strongly advise the use of parental controls for web browsing and online gaming. For any advice on online safety, please explore the resources below. Both have dedicated sections for parents as well as children.

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

https://beinternetlegends.withgoogle.com/en_uk

Miss Clayton

Computing Coordinator

j.clayton@brillschool.org.uk