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Delivering the new National Curriculum for Computing in Primary Schools - 5 regional events

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We are BETT award winners!

We are delighted to announce that Switched on ICT in the Early Years has won a BETT award for Early Years Digital Content! The award was presented at last night's ceremony, where 580 guests gathered to recognise the most innovative ICT products and companies in the education sector.

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Microsoft and Rising Stars help you prepare for the new computing curriculum

Switched on Computing – Take your first easy steps with Microsoft now available to download! Rising Stars have teamed up with Microsoft to create six brand new Switched on Computing units to help you and your school to get started with computing before September. Watch our video of teachers and pupils at Henwick Primary School  using the Switched on Computing: Take your first easy steps with Microsoft resources.

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Switched on Computing - Take your first easy steps with Microsoft

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Info Active – Looks like an amazing Data Infographic Mashup Thing

Info Active – Looks like an amazing Data Infographic Mashup Thing Read more »

5.2 We are cryptographers

The pupils learn more about communicating information securely through an introduction to cryptography (the science of keeping communication and information secret). They investigate early methods of communicating over distances, learn about two early ciphers, and consider what makes a secure password.

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5.3 We are artists

The pupils use vector and turtle graphics to explore geometric art, taking inspiration from the work of Escher, Riley and traditional Islamic artists, as well as experimenting with complex ‘fractal’ landscapes.

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5.4 We are web developers

In this unit, the pupils work together to create a website explaining e-safety and responsible online behaviour.

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5.5 We are bloggers

Blogging provides a worldwide audience for pupils’ work. Commenting on others’ work extends pupils’ sense of membership of a learning community beyond school. In this unit, pupils create a media-rich blog, comment on blogs and respond to comments.

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5.6 We are architects

In this unit, the pupils research examples of art gallery architecture, before using Trimble SketchUp to create their own virtual gallery. Finally, they use the gallery to exhibit their own artwork.

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