ICT lessons with 'Mr Phil'
The curriculum for ICT lessons is designed to teach pupils how to use a computer using a mouse and very basic keyboard skills through to the concepts of turning on the computer, double clicking to start a software, understanding navigation within a program, saving and printing. Our sessions are designed to focus children’s natural curiosity and encourage them to discover computers as instruments of wonder, fun and learning
The children develop an understanding of machines and computers, how to use them and what results are achieved and also adopt a positive attitude towards electronic equipment. Children use laptops with and without a mouse, iPads to record sounds and take pictures and movies. They also use cables to transfer information from one device to another.
Hands on Approach: The use of practical skills involving the children go from the understanding of what computers and other devices can do, how to use them, what results can be achieved through their usage and also promotes a positive and respectful attitude towards electronic equipment.
Development of the Group Behaviour: The lessons begin with a group discussion aimed at promoting and developing self-confidence and self-awareness. It also assists the children to relax, making it comfortable to ask for help when needed. Sometimes the children are paired together and encouraged to play co-operatively thereby improving their sharing skills: taking turns with others, developing a sense of timing and fairness. This approach also invites the children to share different ways of thinking.
Technology: Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They will learn to select and use technology for particular purposes.
Maths: We work on colour recognition and colour matching using programs that combine shapes, colour and textures. They children need to use classification and sorting skills to rearrange and organise.
Being imaginative: Children use what they have learnt about media and materials in original ways, thinking about uses and purposes. They represent their own ideas, thoughts and feelings through design and technology, art, music, role-play and stories. We use software to bring the children to create their own design with paint stickers and colours.
Literacy: Reading: Children use their alphabetical knowledge to connect dots made out of letters
Writing: Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways, which match their spoken sounds. We use programs that sound out words and the children have to match the sound with the word
Spanish with 'Bilingual Beats'
Bilingual Beats provide an afternoon session in Spanish to live music delivered by their native-speaking teachers and musicians.
The curriculum combines a carefully balanced mix of linguistic content such as theme words, phonemes, common sentences and basic structures; and musical content, such as songs, tonal and rhythmic patterns and rhymes, together in instrumental play-alongs in a wide variety of tonalities, meters, and music styles.
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