Computing is an important component in our vision to prepare every child for their future. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure every learner is challenged,
and inspired. Our approach ensures technology can enhance and support all learners, giving them the tools to be creative using a wide range of
The Computing Curriculum is comprised of three Key areas of study: Computer
Science; Digital Literacy and Information Technology
The study of the hardware, software, networking and processes that give life to a machine to enable it to perform complicated tasks and actions such as coding a Math’s quiz and a platform game.
Learning to use technology appropriately and responsibly to survive and thrive in the digital world. It is at the forefront of all lessons and is embedded through class assemblies and e-safety days throughout the year.
Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
We are delighted to provide children with the opportunity to use a wide range of resources to deliver our curriculum. Computing cultivates computational thinkers with a wide range of skills including tinkering, creating, debugging, persevering and collaborating.
Children at Westacre have access to a wide variety of technology and software from our two dedicated computing areas to our portable iPads and VR (virtual reality) headsets.
As is the nature of the subject, the technology we embed is ever changing therefore we actively keep up to date through ongoing professional development. As a result, staff are dedicated to creating engaging and inspiring lessons which encompass all areas of the National Curriculum. We foster a creative approach to teaching where cross curricular links, between computing and other subjects, enable real life contexts for learning.
Solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
Use selection in programs
Work with variables
Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work
Use logical reasoning to detect and correct errors in algorithms
Appreciate how search results are ranked
Combine a variety of software to accomplish given goals
Select, use and combine software on a range of digital devices
Design and create systems
Understand the opportunities computer networks offer for collaboration
Be discerning in evaluating digital content
In addition to the above, to enable pupils to:
Use computational abstractions that model the state and behaviour of real-world problems and physical systems
use one programming language, to solve a variety of computational problems;
understand data structures [for example, lists, tables or arrays];
understand how numbers can be represented in binary,
understand how instructions are stored and executed within a computer system;
undertake creative projects that involve selecting, using, and combining multiple applications, including collecting and analysing data
Re-use and revise digital artefacts for a given audience, with attention to trustworthiness, design and usability
understand the hardware and software components that make up computer systems
understand a range of ways to use technology safely, respectfully, responsibly and securely
Year 7 have been dismantling some old computer kit, to examine what is inside. They have made notes and then produced presentations to teach each other about the various components.
Many thanks to all of the adults who came along to our workshop and had fun finding out what an algorithm was, and had go at creating their own!
For those who would like to continue their learning, the following links will take you to the free sites we used on the day.
For any parents and carers who could not make it, watch the short video to find out what an algorithm is. You will have come across them all the time in every day life. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Da5TOXCwLSg
Year 7 have been working on using Microsoft Excel and understanding what a powerful tool it can be. They have inputted their own data and created graphs and charts, and this week used web queries related to their CC topics to import external data to format.
They will wait to see if their web sites have changed next time they log in, as their data and graphs should have reflected those changes.
Year 7 have started to look at Binary and how computers digitise information.
They have practised counting in binary and the binary alphabet to create codes
Year 6 are using J2e.com to create questionnaires for their class.
They have considered question types and the use of open and closed question styles to add variation to their forms. Next week, they should be completing their classmates' questionnaires then exporting the data to excel for analysis.
Year 7 are linking their horror work in English to Computing by creating iMovie trailers for the Anthony Horowitz story "The Man with the Yellow Face".
They have been editing photographs, considering appropriate choices of media and effective text.
This term the children have participated in CodeWeek, using the Hour of Code activities to create a Digital Disco. While they had great fun, they were also learning about control, variables and when statements.
Year 7 have continued their work with Python, developing programming skills that they then tried to adapt to work with our robots. Great fun was had trying to control them to make shapes and circles.
Year 7 have been investigating what happens inside a computer. Working safely in teams, they took it in turns to take the computer apart and see the various parts that facilitate their inputs and give outputs.
This year has started with the children blogging about hobbies and sports. They have used hyperlinks to add an extra dimension to their work, and a range of videos and images to engage their readers.
Year 7 have been experimenting with the BBC Micro:bits we bought last year. While small groups worked together to build another robot, the rest of the class worked on coding their machines to move and control them around the classroom. We experimented with chalk and using the robot to “write” on black paper.
Excellent team work and independence skills from 7PC!
Year 7 Python Coding
Year 7 are now getting to grips with a new programming language - Python. Using the BBC Micro:Bit to show their results, they are experimenting with the new code and use of the import * function.
Year 7 are spending their computing lesson this week learning about Binary counting and code. The concept of 10 meaning 2 in binary has caused some confusion but they have worked together to create their number lists and sprites.
Year 7 have recently read a short story by Anthony Horowitz in English " The Man with the Yellow Face." In Computing, we took this and created our own movie trailers using the iMovie app on the iPads. Children worked in pairs to source photographs or videos and change text to create the mood of the movie, using their Digital Literacy skills in selection appropriate images and text to suit an audience.
They have then reviewed their classes films and graded them. So far 7RM and 7LB have critiqued their peers:
This week is CSEd week across the globe......trying to encourage children to think about Computer Science and raise aspirations in computing and STEM ( ScienceTechnology Engineering and Maths ) subjects.
Each year ear group has made use of the Hour of Code activities to engage and inspire them. These are all accessible from code.org to play together at home.
It is lovely to see so many of our learners engaged and enthusiastic about their computing opprtunities. We are now full every Friday lunchtime with students accessing J2e, Education City and coding using the Microbits and iPads.
Next week is Hour of Code week so all children will access coding and progress through a range of activities on the site. www.hourofcode.com/uk
All children who attended this week have been given a copy of CS4F- Computer science for fun magazine with a range of activities to continue at home.
Westacre Computing using J2e
Every week Cyber Council checks through completed work on J2e to moderate and give feedback to students.
They have selected some examples of good work:
Mayor visits Droitwich
Following our recent role in leading the local community e-safety event at Droitwich Library, we were recommended and accepted to receive a donation of £300 from the local Droitwich Lions Community Club. Cyber Council members decide the best use of this money was to develop our ICT provision further by purchasing a class set of programmable robots that pupils could build then use our Micro-bit computers to code. We were delighted to welcome members of the Lions group, as well as the Mayor of Droitwich into school to show off these robots in action!
Centre of Excellence
Click the link below to find out more about Westacre being designated as a Centre of Excellence for Computing and ICT:
In recognition of our recent ICT Mark award, we invited MP Nigel Huddleston into school. On Friday 7th October he took us up on our offer and joined us for the morning. Year 7 prefects Freya and Luke showed Mr Huddleston around school and told him about the ways we use technology across the curriculum. They also talked to him about their roles within the Cyber Council over the last year and introduced him to other staff and pupils, who explained how they were using our school iPads, computers and ICT suites. At the end of the visit, Mr Huddleston commented on how impressed he was with our ICT provision and the enthusiasm with which teachers and children use technology around school.
ICT Mark Award!
Children at Westacre Middle School are at the forefront of using technology to enhance their work, and that’s official!
Following an extensive external assessment we have been awarded the prestigious ICT Mark.
The award recognises the school’s success in developing the strategic use of technology in both administration and across the curriculum. We are delighted to be awarded the ICT Mark. It recognises our positive approach to the use of technology and the benefits it is bringing to our children. We believe that technology can be used in every aspect of learning and that it is essential our children are equipped for the modern world.
In particular, the report praised us for the following:
· A considerable network that includes two Computing suites, iPads and well-resourced classrooms
· The high profile our digital leaders Cyber Council have around school
· Children do more homework as a result of being able to log in at home
· Our school website and Twitter account communicate well with parents
· Much financial investment in hardware and software has been made recently
· A clear strategy for continuing to offer such high-quality provision
· Exceptional subject leadership
· Significant support from headteacher and governors to develop ICT further
· Strong support and training for staff in using technology across the curriculum
· Excellent partnerships and collaborative relationships with local first schools
All the children and staff of our school deserve much credit for this achievement.
Here is a quote from local MP Nigel Huddleston:
“Congratulations to all at Westacre Middle School for being awarded the National ICT Mark. This is recognition of both the school’s excellent ICT provisions and of the hard work of their staff, teachers and pupils. It is important that young people have a solid grasp of modern technology from an early age, and there is no better way to develop this than being in an environment where technology is at the heart of everything, as it is at Westacre. As we look to the future, ICT skills are going to become more and more important and the grounding that Westacre provides will make sure its pupils go on to be ahead of the game.”
This is what Councillor Richard Morris had to say:
“Wychavon Council is determined that all local children will have the best opportunity to excel in the jobs market of the future. Westacre Middle School should be congratulated on this wonderful achievement. This demonstrates the excellent ICT management and teaching that is taking place in local schools. As a past pupil of Westacre myself, I am very proud that the school is doing so well”