Half Term Review (Year 8) #WeHaveSecrets

Welcome to WHISPER – the Worldwide Headquarters for Information Security Protocols, Espionage and Reconnaissance. Your first mission is to generate your own personal codename. You have forty minutes in which to achieve your objective. Your time starts now. MISSION ONE The Trainee Agents are given a piece of Python code and some Code Comprehension questions asking them […]

“We Have Secrets” – CodeCraft

This year’s Year 8 Scheme of Work is entitled “We Have Secrets” (taking the initials of our school – Winchester House) and includes topics such as codes and coding, social media and e-safety, drones, driverless cars and future technology. The whole project is themed around the idea of spies and secret agents (the children generated a […]

#CaughtInTheNet – Year 7 Computing

This is a brief outline of Year 7’s first three Computing lessons this year. In the first lesson we talked briefly about computer networks and they wrote a definition of a computer network for their dICTionary. We then left the ICT room and went out onto the tennis courts. The children took their chairs with them and […]

Imitate, Innovate, Invent

I am currently doing a lot of work on how I assess ICT / Computing in our school. This term I have introduced three stages of achievement… Apprentice Qualified Master And I have used the following to help describe to the children the difference between the levels… An Apprentice simply imitates – they will take something […]

ICT Achievements

This week I introduced the idea of Unlocking ICT Achievements to years 5 and 6. I presented them with a list of 7 PowerPoint based Achievements and explained that Apprentice Level skills were worth 1 point, Qualified are worth 2 and Master Level are worth 3 points. The children then set about creating a presentation […]

Year 8 Computing Menu

I teach in an independent Prep school where Year 8 is “top-of-the-tree” and a year where the children are focused on scholarships and Common Entrance exams. As a result of this ICT has always dropped down their list of priorities and as they have such a busy, full-on timetable I have often felt it more […]