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Making sense of computer networks in Year 6

Thanks to Computing teacher, Neil Rickus, for this blog post which looks at a recent lesson on networks he carried out with his Year 6 class.

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Get your teeth stuck into Python at Year 6

It’s probably fair to say that in the world of primary programming, Scratch rules – or its way up there at the very least! And why wouldn’t it be? It’s free, it’s a visual coding language, which is great for beginners, but equally you can do some powerful things with it. However, when I saw a new Switched on Computing Year 6 programming unit, involving learning some Python (a text-based coding language), I was excited to get stuck in. 

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The 3-step e-safety model - respond, follow up, review

You are using the laptops to create a newspaper article on the amazon. One of the students in the class is searching for images of wildlife and the image search returns an image that is graphic in nature. The child tells you immediately.  What do you do next?  In this article, guest blogger Ben Cornford explains his 3-step e-safety model.

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Implementing the new computing curriculum

One of the hardest challenges faced by coordinators is getting staff (and pupil) buy-in to new curriculum changes. Guest blogger, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester,  shares some of her experiences regarding implementing the new computing curriculum which will hopefully give you some ideas to use in your approach. 

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Assessing Computing – a 3 step guide

Assessment is huge. We frantically scrabble from one assessment point to the next, hoping and praying that our pupils have made progress. Often asking ourselves how we managed to survive the onslaught of pink and green pens and whether we have given the children enough time to reflect and respond to our marking. We all know that marking and feedback has a massive impact on progress, but often balancing this with the number of other tasks we need to complete is mind-blowing. And there's more – we must assess Computing too.  Please keep reading though...  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford gives us his 3 step guide to assessing computing.

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Using Wikispaces and Scratch to learn about history

Ben Cornford, ICT & E-Learning Advisor at Thomas A Becket Junior School, West Sussex shares how their pupils have been using different computing programs to help with their history projects.

 
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Computing CPD in the real world

Do your staff understand how the internet is different to the world wide web? Do they have an understanding of HTML? Do they really know what an algorithm is?  Guest blogger, Ben Cornford, outlines four key steps you can take to get your staff up to speed on Computing.

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Switched on Computing in action - We are app planners, Unit 6.1

This month, Sarah Brown from Wilbraham Primary School in Manchester, has shared with us the Switched on Computing work her Year 6 pupils have been doing.  They have been planning an app using Mozilla Appmaker for Unit 6.1 'We are app planners'. 

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5 tools for engaging parents in internet safety

There are several ways to engage parents and the wider school community in working with children to keep safe. Here are 5 ideas that can be shared via your school newsletter or website.

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5 tips for school websites

Your school's website performs a number of functions and says a lot about you as a school.  But how well are you doing?  Here's a handy 5-point check list for whoever is responsible for your school site.  With thanks to guest blogger Dawn Hallybone, Deputy Head Teacher, Oakdale Junior School.

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