Computing

 

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Data matters

Investigate the concept of “big data” sharing its application in the world for such areas as meteorology, mapping, traffic flow, etc.  They review how data and information are stored and searched on computer networks. They use search operators and linked queries to obtain research results efficiently.  They investigate their digital footprints and discuss ways of using online tools responsibly, securely and safely. They design, create and search flat-file databases, producing reports from the data and considering accuracy and efficiency.

 

Assessment task: Produce a digital resource, selecting software and combining different digital content in an appropriate format to inform younger pupils about an aspect of the online world and encourage eSafe practice (for example effective searching, reducing digital footprints, using online spaces safely, “big data”, databases in the world etc.).  Present their resource; evaluate.

Robotics and Systems

Investigate automated systems in the wider world and consider the programming instructions which could control them.  They create and debug algorithms and then use different programming languages to write the related programs.  They program physical devices, controlling inputs and outputs.  They use sequence, selection, repetition and variables in their programs. 

 

 

 

 

Assessment task:  Use decomposition and algorithms to plan a physical programmable device including input sensors and output devices for a specific brief. Build and program the device, including repetition and selection in the program. Add comments to their program to explain how it works. Refine and modify, updating the comments to record the process and saving drafts. Evaluate.

Morphing image

Use 3D modelling software to design objects in 3D.  They explore live film and animation and use storyboards to create live film and animations for specific audiences.  They demonstrate their understanding of copyright and ownership, crediting the sources of materials they use.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Assessment task: Choose to create a film, an animation or a 3D graphical model to meet a specific need and audience

Explain the stages of the creation of their work, detailing how these meet the audience/purpose.  Share work; revisit refine and/or develop. Evaluate.

 

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Staying Connected

Use blogs for collaborative projects in school, uploading different types of digital content, while checking copyright and crediting sources.  They work as a class to build a wiki around a class topic, taking editorial responsibility for their work. They know the school’s eSafety rules and encourage other children to keep safe online.

Assessment task: As a class, identify a topic or focus for a class wiki. Individually create a page for the class wiki, using an appropriate style, format and content for the target audience. Explain the steps taken to ensure that contributions are accurate, unbiased, relevant and respectful of copyright.

 

 

Information Models

Use spreadsheet software to structure numeric information, making calculations using formulae and functions.  They import data collected using dataloggers and analyse it using functions within the software.  They carry out what-if modelling, using this for prediction and present results using graphs.

 

Assessment task: Create a simple spreadsheet model to find possible answers to a real life problem. Identify the variables within the model, explaining the effect of changing them. Change the variables to provide a solution to the problem, presenting their answers in a report, using graphs as appropriate.  Explain how the model helped provide solutions to the problem, justifying their choices.

 

Sound Works

Create soundscapes, incorporating different content. They target their work to meet the need s of specific audience and they gather feedback from that audience.

 

 

 

Assessment task:  Plan and create a sound recording using sound editing software to communicate an idea or mood appropriately and safely for a specific audience. Upload the recording to a space that can be shared with others. (Upload to a safe online space if available.)  Demonstrate that they have respected ownership and copyright.  Share their work with others discussing the choices they made. Review, refine; develop; evaluate.