Computing at Mayfield
Our aim at Mayfield is to embed computing in as many learning opportunities as possible and to provide our children with concrete experiences of when and how they can use digital media in different aspects of their lives. Through stimulating and challenging experiences children will continue to develop their love for learning and through this become confident and independent users of a range of software and hardware.
When the global pandemic caused school closures in 2020 and 2021, the children learned the real-world impact of technology – using Zoom and the internet to continue learning and to stay in touch with their teachers and each other. The skills the children learned then have continued today – the children continue to use our online platforms (Tapestry and Seesaw) to link up their learning in school and at home.
At Mayfield, we promote digital citizenship through modelling how social media should be used responsibly, with a strong focus on understanding our own digital footprint. Our school Twitter feed and Instagram show children the positivity of the internet – it allows us to connect with the wider community and link our learning to other people, schools and countries.
Early Years Foundation Stage
For our very youngest learners in the foundation stage we aim to give children a broad, play-based experience of computing in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. Computing is not just about computers. Early years learning environments feature computing scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Children gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or drive a remote-controlled toy. Outdoor exploration is an important aspect of the EYFS at Mayfield, supported by ICT toys.
Tapestry is used in the Early Years Foundation Stage and Year 1 to share learning between home and school.
Key Stage 1
Children in Key Stage 1 have access to class sets of iPads each week. Children learn about algorithms, using Beebots (robots shaped like bees!) and this links well to their mathematics learning on position and direction.
In Year 1, there is a blog which parents can find useful links to the children’s learning: https://year1mayfield.edublogs.org/
In Year 2, homework is set on Seesaw, an online learning platform.
Key Stage 2
Children in Key Stage 2 have access to class sets of iPads and laptops each week.
Each half term children either study computer science or Information, Communication and Technology. Each lesson also has an online safety element through our teaching of digital citizenship.
Homework is set on Seesaw, an online learning platform.
Think you know: www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents
How to talk to your child about online safety
Bug Club (EYFS; KS1): Bug Club
Online reading – book bands up to Orange band (Phase 5 Phonics). Contact your child’s teacher for their login.
Times Tables Rock Stars (Years 3-6): Times Tables Rock Stars
Times Tables practice. See your child’s teacher for their login.
Spelling Shed: https://www.spellingshed.com/en-us