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
The primary focus in computing for all children this academic year will be to develop and grow their understanding of programming. The children in KS1 will learn basic programming through developing instructions for programmable toys; whilst the children in lower and upper Key Stage 2 will be using existing programs such as Scratch Jr. and Scratch to create algorithms for short animations and simple games. The children will gain a deeper understanding of the function of programming, together with how we use coding to create commands for a range of different functions. They will also become familiar with terms like ‘debugging’ and understand that an error within a program is created by what is coded into the algorithm and how to identify and rectify ‘bugs’.
In addition to programming and coding, the children will use a variety of different software packages for a variety of tasks, including digital illustration, photography, video recording and designing and creating presentations for different audiences.
All Computing teaching will take place in classrooms, using a bank of 30 Google Chromebooks, generously funded by the Longlands Primary School Parent’s Association.
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.