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Curriculum Newsletter

October 2013

Volume 3, Issue 2

 Top 5 …..

..ways to get Coding.

Coding, in computer terms, is the process of writing, assembling, and compiling computer code. Code is simply the instructions for hardware and software.


1. Code Academy

Use code Academy to learn about writing basic computer code.

2. MSW Logo

Free software schools have been using for years.  Learning how to draw shapes and patterns MSW Logo has strong links with maths.  

Raspberry Pi

A credit card sized computer which can be used in wide variety of ways.  Program your own computer game, control lights and robots and many more.  A basic Raspberry Pi will cost ¬£25 but you may need extra accessories depending on how you want to use it.  

4. Hackasaurus

Activate your x-ray goggles and let Hackasaurus show you the scripts behind any web page.  Then change the web page by adding your own text and images. 

5. Khan Academy

This is a site that you will need to sign yourself and your class up for.  You can see some videos showing a taster of what the Khan Academy offers here.  Once signed up you can work through a variety of computer programming tasks with audio commentary.  Children can work at their own pace and stop the video at any time to play with the code on their screen.


…. National Baking Week – 14th -20th October

Save the date for a National baking week.  Money can be raised for Great Ormond Street.  Use the bake website to look for recipes or try some online baking from the sites below.


A whole variety of resources can be found at the charity’s website such as …..

  • Using spreadsheets to work out quantity’s 
  • Photograph or video the baking process and create instructions.  Put up on your school website to share with the community.
  • Use ICT to promote, cost and sell goodies at a school bake sale.
  • Write an algorithm for baking a cake or use pictures.

         Next month celebrate Road Safety Week – 18th – 24th November

Get Reading At Home!

Oxford Owl is a free website aimed at parents to help them with reading and maths at home.  As well as a library full of free ebooks to download on tablets or PCs the site also advises parents on what is happening at school and how they can help at home.  Just sign up to get started.

iPad Apps of the month

Paid For


Squeebles from KeyStageFun covers a variety of maths topics and spelling depending on which app you buy.  These colourful creatures help the children learn skills in a fun and interactive way. 


Vocab Battle

Improve your vocab! Mess with your friends’ faces! It’s a unique, silly and – believe it or not – educational two-player game! The most fun way ever to improve or revise your language skills – a rapid-fire battle of comic-style, face-mangling quizziness.

KS1 – Bear Hunt

Create a background picture based on the popular picture book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury,  and then give instructions to a screen turtle to send it on a bear hunt.

Where to find the lesson:

KS1 Lessons – Literacy- Literature – Bear Hunt

KS2 – Islamic Patterns


Create simple procedures in Logo to produce complex patterns using the repeat command.

Where to find the lesson:

KS2 Lessons – RE – Islam – Complex Islamic Patterns

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