Machines and Mechanisms
A unit that investigates building mechanisms with Lego WeDo then choose one of our 3 WeDo projects to design, build and program machines.
Programming Scratch Maze Games
A great unit to teach algorithms, repetition, conditions and basics of variables, while introducing students to Scratch’s block-based coding language. Build adventure maze games and design your own levels, characters and objects to collect.
Real Life Algorithms
A unit that explores how a number of machine systems in the real world work. How does a pedestrian crossing or car park barrier work? Students create flow diagrams that illustrate the algorithms for these systems, convert this into code and then consider the algorithms for completing everyday tasks like getting up in the morning.
Communication and Collaboration
A unit that introduces students to their NTLP Google accounts and explores communicating and collaborative work using Gmail, Google Drive and shared Docs.
A unit that explores different ways to collect, interrogate and present data collaboratively using a range of programs asking ‘What is a database? Why and how are they used in real life?’
Getting Started with Kodu
A unit to introduce students to creating games with Kodu. Program your characters and design your 3D worlds to make exciting collecting and racing games.
Pupils are taught to:
Algorithms and Programming:
* Design a sequence of instructions, including directional instructions.
* Write programs that accomplish specific goals.
* Work with various forms of output and input.
* Use a range of software for similar purposes.
* Collect information.
* Design and create content.
* Present information.
* Search for information on the web in different ways.
* Manipulate and improve digital images.
* Use technology respectfully and responsibly.
* Know different ways to ask for help if concerned.
* Understand computer networks and how they provide multiple services.
* Discern when it is best to use technology and where it adds little of no value.
Knowledge and Understanding:
* Understand the rules to keep me safe when exchanging learning ideas online.
* Recognise that information online may not be reliable or accurate.
* Understand that the internet contains fact, fiction and opinion.
* Understand the need for caution when using image search and the rules around image copyright.
* Understand the need to keep personal information private.
* Know how to respond if someone asks for personal information.
* Recognise that cyber bullying is unacceptable and know how to report an incident of cyber bullying.
* Know and understand the difference between online communication tools used at home and school.
* Understand that internet searches at home and school may be different.
* Know the safer internet rules.
* Recognise the difference between the work of others which has been copied and re-structuring and re-presenting materials in ways which are unique and new.
* Identify when emails should not be opened and when an attachment may not be safe.
* Explain and demonstrate how to use email safely.
* Use different search engines.
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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