At Woodhill Primary School we believe in a cross-curricular approach to learning. Teams of teachers plan together, with overlapping themes and ideas that stem from the chosen literacy text. This cross-curricular approach enables the children to be immersed in the subject they are learning about.
We believe that Computing should be used to empower the curriculum and assist in delivering high quality outcomes in all areas. Technology should be the means to achieving an outcome through integration rather than simply its use. Technology should be the means to achieving an outcome through integration rather than simply its use.
Linked to their core text 'Up' and 'Grandad's Island', Year 1 have been developing their skills within digital literacy, ensuring that they are able to navigate devices (e.g. iPad) and use functions to their full potential. Most recently, through links to our local residential home for the elderly, the children have also had the opportunity to impart these skills to others, further enabling them to deepen their won learning and grasp the functions of various devices.
Through their topic of 'deforestation and climate change', Year 2 have produced documentaries as part of their learning. They made clear and concise notes using research, obtained from carefully chosen key search terms, and constructed scripts using an autocue app on the iPad. The children further explored editing and creating digital media by recording narrations and commentaries using a range of software including Logic Pro and Final Cut. Our Digital Leaders were on hand to support their learning and ensure they were engaged in every aspect of the learning process.
Both Year 1 and Year 2 have also been embracing computer science, carefully programming robotics using commands and creating algorithms. They have further consolidated their learning by using debugging to alter and correct their algorithms.
Children across the school will have opportunities to be creative and use iPads and cameras to create narrated slideshows, short movies and movie trailers using iMovie, and to create and publish e-books using apps such as Book creator. In addition to this, Upper Key Stage Two will be looking at developing a project of enhancing the school’s social media platforms by introducing a Youtube channel to showcase their best work, which will bring publishing forward into the digital age.
Children of all ages will be actively involved in blogging their experiences about daily school life and the extra-curricular activities they experience, as well as documenting the roles they play in the Junior Leadership Team.