At Great Missenden School, we encourage the use of technology as a means of supplementing and enhancing the learning and teaching experience. The children are presented with a wide range of opportunities and experiences to ensure they can successfully utilise their technological skills and knowledge in a variety of contexts. At Great Missenden School, the safety of the children is our priority. Online safety forms an ever increasing part of this.
Our students will experience well-designed practical activities in the technologies. We offer our students opportunities to develop:
- curiosity and problem-solving skills, a capacity to work with others and take initiative
- planning and organisational skills in a range of contexts
- creativity and innovation, for example though computing and computer aided design and manufacturing approaches
- skills in using tools, equipment, software and materials
- skills in collaborating, leading and interacting with others
- critical thinking through exploration and discovery within a range of learning contexts
- discussion and debate
- searching and retrieving information to inform thinking within diverse learning contexts
- making connections between specialist skills developed within learning and skills for work
- evaluating products, systems and services
- presentation skills
To truly understand the impact of our Computing curriculum, you have to come and see us!
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that when children leave our school, they are competent and safe users of Computing with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The quality of children’s learning is evident on Purple Mash, a digital platform where pupils can share and evaluate their own work. Evidence such as this is used to feed into teachers’ future planning; teachers are able to revisit misconceptions and knowledge gaps in computing when teaching other curriculum areas. This supports varied paces of learning and ensures all pupils make good progress.
Our children are passionate Coders, and thrive on using coding software to program for different purposes. Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equip pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Great Missenden School gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.
Pupil Voice Impact Analysis
Year 1: "I love using the computers- it's so much fun."
Year 2: "We are getting better at using the computers to produce our Art"
Year 3: "We enjoyed learning about how to be safe online"
Year 4: "We loved using Purple Mash to use email to communicate with each other"
Year 5: "We've worked hard on using the internet to research and present. I did a five minute powerpoint presentation to my class and it went really well."
Year 6: "We learned how to code using different programs- it looks really complicated, but the more you do it, the easier it becomes."
Our children leave Great Missenden more knowledgeable about the technology around them. They leave ready to develop technology to enhance and improve the world around us.
E Safety Workshop
Thank you to all the parents who attended the virtual E- Safety Workshop on Wednesday.
We covered how to best equip our children for using the internet safely and responsibly. It was a good opportunity for us to review what dangers the internet poses to our children, and how we as parents and teachers can best safeguard the children while they use the internet. Helen from the NSPCC delivered a tutorial on all current trends and issues parents need to be aware of.
You can find the resources and videos from the workshop here:
The Tuesday Coding Club!
Thanks to the current restrictions, we can’t have clubs as normal, but we’ve had an idea- we can have an after school club over Zoom! I’m keen to run a Coding Club, where we can play with some online coding programmes, like Scratch.
The club is made up of 30 children from Years 5 and 6 who have shown a passion and confidence in coding.
Here is how it will work:
- Every Tuesday, starting next week, we will meet over Zoom
- The club will run from 3.45- 4.45
- Mrs McKee will send your parents the link each week
- I’ll see you on Zoom
- I’ll take you through the project that week
- We’ll start with Scratch, then we’ll try other programmes
- On Zoom, I can share my screen to show you what to do. If you want to show the group your work, you can share your screen too
I hope you’ll enjoy this- club starts next Tuesday (1st December)! Let’s get coding!
Engineering Your Story Workshop- 27/11/20
In the second and final week of Engineering Your Story, the students made a 3D “mini me” model avatar in Tinkercad, using basic shapes, starting with a cube for a head, but getting more and more creative as they used S-walls for curly hair, donuts for mouths and ice cream scoops for hats.
Then they created a model of their own character to be 3D printed, resulting in everything from a big-eyed frog to a Galacta Cat to a tiny, bowler-hatted pilot in a full-blown biplane. In the final session, there were 3D models of towns with planes dog-fighting in the air, a giant milk carton house and 3D pen drawings of purple cats!
Throughout the course, the children at Great Missenden have been creative, determined and enthusiastic and it’s been a joy to teach them.
Engineering Your Story Workshop- 20.11.20
Some year 6 students have started the Engineering Your Story workshops, where they will learn to draw with 3d pens and design with 3d software. On Wednesday, they started by drawing a character on paper, then sculpting it in play dough, to get a sense of how to transform 2d into 3d. After practicing with 3d pens, on Thursday, they traced character faces using thick blobby lines of colourful 3d pen filament. We started Tinkercad on Thursday, freely available software for 3d designing and over the next week, a character that they create from their imaginations will be 3d printed. The whole course can be seen at www.engineeringyourstory.com. Engineering Your Story is about combining creativity and technology, and building confidence, and so far, the Great Missenden children are doing a wonderful job.
For more information for parents regarding keeping your children safe online please see the following page, alternatively go to parents > online safety for parents. This page gives you up to date tips, information and links to useful websites.