Computing, Modern Foreign Languages
At Longlands, the teaching of Computing, Modern Foreign Languages and some PE lessons is done during teacher’s Planning, Preparation and Assessment (PPA) time. This occurs once a week for approximately half-a-day and typically in an afternoon session. PPA for children in KS1 (Yrs 1&2) occurs on Tuesdays, Lower KS2 (Yrs 3&4) on Wednesdays and Upper KS2 (Yrs 5&6) on Thursdays.
Computing will be taught by Mr Ward, Modern Foreign Languages (Spanish) will be taught by Mrs Cumpson. Mrs Cumpson will also teach Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) alongside some aspects of PSHE.
Children will receive a complete afternoon’s teaching in one of the PPA subjects for an entire term and this will then be rotated on a termly basis.
You go to your TV to turn your brain off. You go to your computer to turn your brain on.
Steve Jobs, Founder of Apple
Therefore, it is our school’s aim to equip children with the relevant skills and knowledge that is required to understand the three core areas of Computing (Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy)
We aim for our children to be able to use, express themselves, develop their ideas and solve problems through information and communication technology. We aim to ensure that the children have begun developing a skillset which would be suitable for employment in later life.
Online safety plays an important role within our computing curriculum. We actively engage the children in developing their understanding of how to use the internet safely. We aim to stimulate children’s curiosity but ensure that they are equipped to be safe explorers and users of the online world. We believe children need to be aware of the world around them and be able to make smart and sensible decisions.
Online Safety or PSHE lessons but also through class discussions when we are using technology. Through Assemblies, specific Days (Internet Safety Day) and regular open classroom conversations, we encouraged children to questions and be aware of aspects of the online world that may not always be actively thought about.
At Longlands, our children will be confident users of technology who are able to use it to accomplish specific goals both in school and at home. Our children will have a secure understanding and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of using technology or digital systems/platforms. They will understand the importance of being responsible digital citizens for their health and wellbeing and will recognise what information they should not share and apply steps to keep themselves safe when using technology. We want our learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development, well-being, and their future.
Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle. We feel that our Computing curriculum helps children realise the need for balance and provides a good foundation of knowledge and skills from which to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools like Google Classroom/Drive and observing learning regularly.
Modern Foreign Languages
To learn a language is to have one more window from which to look at the world.
This is the third year at Longlands of teaching Spanish as previously we had decided to focus on French.
Our intent is to provide a Modern Foreign Language education in Spanish which fosters children's curiosity and a love of language learning whilst deepening an understanding of the world. We aim to develop communication skills and the confidence to express ideas whilst developing the key areas of speaking, listening, writing and reading. This extends the children's knowledge of how language works. Additionally, there will be the opportunity to learn more about the culture of Spanish speaking countries by finding out about important festivals, daily life and the work of famous artists.
Spanish is taught primarily through half termly topics with a focus on speaking and listening and a chance to ask each other questions and give answers as well as written work to consolidate learning. The children are introduced to new vocabulary through PowerPoints and interactive games. They enjoy songs and rhymes and there is a lot of repetition to consolidate and extend learning throughout Key Stages 1 and 2. Initially we focus on the foundations of language learning greetings, numbers, colours and family members. The celebration topic includes the ability to tell a date of a family birthday or an event or festival as well as designing a fun party. We look more closely at the number system and by finding patterns in language, drawing on previous learning we are able to record numbers up to 100 and sometimes beyond. We create our own story books recapping number and colour words as well as introducing food words and likes and dislikes. These preferences are extended through our sports and hobbies unit, here the children complete surveys of their peers and create board games using sports vocabulary. The children have an opportunity to talk more about themselves, their homes and their neighbourhood, creating room sets or designing a house and have fun role playing on our 'Spanish High street'.
We measure the impact of our Spanish teaching through the use of pupil voice surveys, in class formative assessment and by looking in the children’s books.