At New Invention, we have developed an engaging computing curriculum that gives children the necessary skills to stay safe and develop their knowledge of coding and working on computers.
Many elements of the new curriculum require children to programme and code. In order to do this, many of the units use the programme Scratch. Scratch is a programming language and an online community where children can program and share interactive media such as stories, games, and animation with people from all over the world. As children create with Scratch, they learn to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Scratch is designed and maintained by the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab. To visit the Scratch website or download the program, click on the image below. An alternative to Scratch available in the Apple App Store that we use in school is mBlock (which is free to download).
For a fun alternative coding game, click on the image below. You can code your own Dance Party or try to complete a range of Minecraft challenges.
As well as exciting computing lessons, our teachers use a range of computer devices to enhance our learning experiences using
– A variety of maths games
– MyMaths and Reading Plus for online homework and extra practice
– Using iPads and lap tops in class
Each learning area of the school is fitted with state of the art LED interactive whiteboards.
Teachers also use social media such as YouTube and Twitter to keep parents informed of the latest events in school and update them on our progress.