## Computing Curriculum

### Years 1 and 2

Autumn

Food and farming (Cycle 1)
Forests and jungles (Cycle 2)

Year 1

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

1.1 We are treasure hunters – Using programmable toys;

• understand that a programmable toy can be controlled by inputting a sequence of instructions;
• develop and record sequences of instructions as an algorithm;
• program the toy to follow their algorithm;
• debug their programs;
• predict how their programs will work.

1.2 We are TV chefs – Filming the steps of a recipe;

• break down a process into simple, clear steps, as in an algorithm;
• use different features of a video camera;
• use a video camera to capture moving images;
• develop collaboration skills;
• Discuss their work and think about how it could be improved.

Year 2

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

2.1 We are astronauts – programming on screen;

• have a clear understanding of algorithms as sequences of instructions;
• convert simple algorithms to programs;
• predict what a simple program will do;
• spot and fix (debug) errors in their programs.

2.2 We are games testers – exploring how computer games work;

• describe carefully what happens in computer games;
• use logical reasoning to make predictions of what a program will do;
• test these predictions;
• think critically about computer games and their use ;
• be aware of how to use games safely and in balance with other activities.

Spring

All around Northolt (Cycle 1)

WW2 (Cycle 2)

Year 1

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

1.3 We are painters – illustrating an eBook;

• use the web safely to find ideas for an illustration;
• select and use appropriate painting tools to create and change images on the computer;
• understand how this use of ICT differs from using paint and paper;
• create an illustration for a particular purpose;
• know how to save, retrieve and change their work;
• reflect on their work and act on feedback received.

1.4 We are collectors – Finding images using the web;

• find and use pictures on the web;
• know what to do if they encounter pictures that cause concern;
• group images on the basis of a binary (yes/no) question;
• organise images into more than two groups according to clear rules;
• sort (order) images according to some criteria;

Year 2

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

2.3 We are photographers – Taking, selecting and editing digital images;

• consider the technical and artistic merits of photographs;
• use a digital camera or camera app;
• take digital photographs;
• review and reject or pick the images they take
• edit and enhance their photographs;
• Select their best images to include in a shared portfolio.

2.4 We are researchers – researching a topic;

• develop collaboration skills through working as part of a group;
• develop research skills through searching for information on the internet;
• improve note-taking skills through the use of mind mapping;
• Develop presentation skills through creating and delivering a short multimedia presentation.

Summer

Exploring (Cycle 1)

Having a bright idea (Cycle 2)

Year 1

We are learning about communication/collaboration and productivity and in particular:

1.5 We are story tellers – producing a talking book

• use sound recording equipment to record sounds;
• develop skills in saving and storing sounds on the computer
• develop collaboration skills as they work together in a group;
• understand how a talking book differs from a paper-based book;
• talk about and reflect on their use of ICT
• share recordings with an audience.

1.6 We are celebrating – creating a card electronically;

• develop basic keyboard skills, through typing and formatting text;
• develop basic mouse skills;
• use the web to find and select images;
• develop skills in storing and retrieving files;
• develop skills in combining text and images;
• discuss their work and think about whether it could be improved.

Year 2

We are learning about communication/collaboration and programming and in particular:

2.5 We are detectives – communicating clues

• understand that email can be used to communicate;
• develop skills in opening, composing and sending emails;
• gain skills in opening and listening to audio files on the computer;
• use appropriate language in emails;
• develop skills in editing and formatting text in emails;
• Be aware of e-safety issues when using email.

2.6 We are zoologists – programming on screen;

• sort and classify a group of items by answering questions;
• collect data using tick charts or tally charts;
• use simple charting software to produce;
• pictograms and other basic charts;
• take, edit and enhance photographs;
• Record information on a digital map.

### Years 3 and 4

Autumn

Tudor Times (Cycle 2)

Year 3

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

3.1 We are programmers – Programming an animation;

• Create an algorithm for an animated scene in the form of a storyboard
• Write a program in Scratch to create the animation
• Correct mistakes in their animation programs..

3.2 We are bug fixers – Finding and correcting bugs in programmes;

• break down a process into simple, clear steps, as in an algorithm;
• use different features of a video camera;
• use a video camera to capture moving images;
• develop collaboration skills;
• Discuss their work and think about how it could be improved.

Year 4

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

4.1 We are software developers – developing a simple educational game;

• develop an educational computer game using selection and repetition
• understand and use variables
• start to debug computer programs
• recognise the importance of user interface design, including consideration of input and output..

4.2 We are toy designers – prototyping an interactive toy;

• design and make an on-screen prototype of a computer-controlled toy
• understand different forms of input and output (such as sensors, switches, motors, lights and speakers)
• design, write and debug the control and
• Monitoring program for their toy.

Spring

Racing through Northolt (Cycle 1)

WW2 (Cycle 2)

Year 3

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

3.3 We are presenters – video performance;

• gain skills in shooting live video, such as framing shots, holding the camera steady, and reviewing
• edit video, including adding narration and editing clips by setting in/out points
• understand the qualities of effective video, such as the importance of narrative, consistency, perspective and scene length.

3.4 We are network engineers – exploring computer network including the interne;

• understand the physical hardware connections necessary for computer networks to work
• understand some features of internet protocols
• understand some diagnostic tools for investigating network connections
• Develop a basic understanding of how domain names are converted to IP addresses..

Year 4

We are learning about creativity and Computer networks and in particular:

4.3 We are musicians – Producing digital music ;

• use one or more programs to edit music
• create and develop a musical composition, refining their ideas through reflection and discussion
• develop collaboration skills
• Develop an awareness of how their composition can enhance work in other media.

4.4 We are HTML editors – editing and writing HTML;

• understand some technical aspects of how the internet makes the web possible
• use HTML tags for elementary mark up
• use hyperlinks to connect ideas and sources
• code up a simple web page with useful content
• Understand some of the risks in using the web.

Summer

Countryside (Cycle 1)

Animal Kingdom (Cycle 2)

Year 3

We are learning about communication/collaboration and productivity and in particular:

3.5 We are communicators – communicating safely on the internet

• develop a basic understanding of how email works
• gain skills in using email
• be aware of broader issues surrounding email, including ‘netiquette’ and e-safety
• work collaboratively with a remote partner
• Experience video conferencing..

3.6 We are opinion pollsters – collecting and analysing dat;

• understand some elements of survey design
• understand some ethical and legal aspects of online data collection
• use the web to facilitate data collection
• gain skills in using charts to analyse data
• Gain skills in interpreting results.

Year 4

We are learning about communication/collaboration and programming and in particular:

4.5 We are co-authors – Producing a wiki

• understand the conventions for collaborative online work, particularly in wikis
• be aware of their responsibilities when editing other people’s work
• become familiar with Wikipedia, including potential problems associated with its use
• practise research skills
• write for a target audience using a wiki tool
• develop collaboration skills

4.6 We are meteorologists – Presenting the weather;

• understand different measurement techniques for weather, both analogue and digital
• use computer-based data logging to automate the recording of some weather data
• use spreadsheets to create charts
• analyse data, explore inconsistencies in data and make predictions
• practise using presentation software and, optionally, video..

### Years 5 and 6

Autumn

Ancient Civilisation (Cycle 1)

Dinosaurs and Beyond (Cycle 2)

Year 5

We are learning about programming and computational thinking and in particular:

5.1 We are game developers – developing an interactive game

• create original artwork and sound for a game
• design and create a computer program for a computer game, which uses sequence, selection, repetition and variables
• detect and correct errors in their computer game
• use iterative development techniques (making and testing a series of small changes) to improve their game...

5.2 We are cryptographers – cracking codes

• be familiar with semaphore and Morse code
• understand the need for private information to be encrypted
• encrypt and decrypt messages in simple ciphers
• appreciate the need to use complex passwords and to keep them secure
• have some understanding of how encryption works on the web.

Year 6

We are learning about computer networks and computational thinking and in particular:

6.1 We are app planners – planning the creation of a mobile app

• develop an awareness of the capabilities of smartphones and tablets
• understand geolocation, including GPS
• identify interesting, solvable problems
• evaluate competing products
• Pitch a proposal for a smartphone or tablet app...

6.2 We are project managers – developing project manager skills;

• Scope a project to identify different components that must be successfully combined
• Identify their existing talents and plan how they
• Can develop further knowledge and skills
• Identify the component tasks of a project and
• Develop a timeline to track progress
• Identify the resources they’ll need to accomplish a project
• Use web-based research skills to source tools, content and other resources
• Consider strategies to ensure the quality of a collaborative project.

Spring

1960’s and space (Cycle 1)

Water (Cycle 2)

Year 5

We are learning about creativity and computer networks and in particular:

5.3 We are artists – fusing geometry and art;

• develop an appreciation of the links between geometry and art
• become familiar with the tools and techniques of a vector graphics package
• develop an understanding of turtle graphics
• experiment with the tools available, refining and developing their work as they apply their own
• criteria to evaluate it and receive feedback from their peers
• develop some awareness of computer-generated art, in particular fractal-based landscapes.

5.4 We are web developers – creating a web page about cyber safety;

• develop their research skills to decide what information is appropriate
• understand some elements of how search engines select and rank results
• question the plausibility and quality of information
• develop and refine their ideas and text collaboratively
• develop their understanding of e-safety and responsible use of technology.

Year 6

We are learning about productivity and communication with collaboration and in particular:

6.3 We are market researchers – researching the app market ;

• create a set of good survey questions
• analyse the data obtained from a survey
• work collaboratively to plan questions
• conduct an interview or focus group
• analyse and interpret the information obtained from interviews or a focus group present their research findings..

6.4 We are interface designers – designing an interface for an app;

• work collaboratively to design the app’s interface
• use wire framing tools to create a design prototype of their app
• develop or source the individual interface components (media assets) they will use
• address accessibility and inclusion issues
• Document their design decisions and the process they’ve followed.

Summer

South America (Cycle 1)

Caribbean (Cycle 2)

Year 5

We are learning about communication and collaboration and productivity and in particular:

5.5 We are bloggers - Sharing experiences and opinions

• become familiar with blogs as a medium and a genre of writing
• create a sequence of blog posts on a theme
• comment on the posts of others
• develop a critical, reflective view of a range of media, including text...

5.6 We are architects – Creating a virtual space;

• understand the work of architects, designers and engineers working in 3D
• develop familiarity with a simple CAD (computeraided design) tool
• develop spatial awareness by exploring and experimenting with a 3D virtual environment
• develop greater aesthetic awareness.

Year 6

We are learning about programming and creativity and in particular:

6.5 We are app developers – planning the creation of a mobile app

• become familiar with another programming toolkit or development platform
• import existing media assets to their project
• write down the algorithms for their app
• program, debug and refine the code for their app
• Thoroughly test and evaluate their app.

6.6 We are marketers – creating video and web copy for a mobile phone app.

• consider key marketing messages, including identifying a unique selling point
• develop a printed flyer or brochure incorporating text and images
• further develop knowledge, skills and understanding in relation to creating a website
• Further develop skills relating to shooting and editing video...