Taking the mystery out of the new Computing national curriculum

From September a new subject, Computing, will replace the current subject of ICT. This change gives schools an exciting opportunity to overhaul teaching and learning in this important area of the curriculum. To help teachers and schools adapt to this change, we at Fronter have created two new training courses – Computing with Fronter KS1 and Computing with Fronter KS2. These are designed to help you get to grips with the subject change whilst using existing resources readily available to you through your Fronter learning platform. Our courses give a clear, jargon-free introduction to the new Computing curriculum and include lots of quick set-up activities and tasks for pupils to work through using a range of Fronter tools.

The changes in the national curriculum which will be taught in schools from September aims to prepare pupils for the technologically rich world we live in. Pupils will need to be taught:

  • To understand and apply the principles and concepts of computer science
  • How to analyse problems in computational terms
  • Evaluate and apply information technology
  • Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Our Computing with Fronter courses will encourage teachers to develop a series of Fronter-based learning activities for their pupils in order to support them in meeting the requirements of the new curriculum. During the courses we will look at different ways of using Fronter to set up collaborative group work and partner activities to meet Computing learning objectives. We will also begin to look at esafety elements of data management for young pupils with regards to the safety and security of photos and personal information online.

Computing with Fronter KS1 training course will cover 3 main areas:

  • Programming, bugs and problem solving
  • Using databases
  • Keeping safe online

KS1 Computing

Computing with Fronter KS2 training course will cover 4 main areas:

  • Design, sequence and reason (programming focus)
  • Data analysis
  • Networks and search engines
  • esafety

KS1 Programming

Each of these can be supported using Fronter tools for planning, teaching, learning, storing, communicating, sharing, coding, sequencing, recording, assessing and distributing.

Our Computing with Fronter courses aim to meet the needs of the teachers as they prepare to deliver the new curriculum in an engaging and purposeful way.

Here are some teacher testimonials:

‘I found the training really useful –I learnt how to use different types of forums which I will use with my class…I feel I know more about the new curriculum now.’
Primary School teacher

‘Very comprehensive and enjoyable – lots of new input into how to link with data handling and programming…’
Primary School teacher   

‘ Using VisualMail as part of eSafety is also an excellent idea.’
Infant School teacher 

‘It was good to see how to use and incorporate the different types of forums and use them for data handling.’
Infant School teacher

Why not take advantage of Fronter tools already available to you and your school by joining us on one of our courses? If you would like to go ahead and book your place please click here. For more information please visit our website or if you have further questions regarding these or any other training courses, please email us via training.pearsonfronter@pearson.com.

How can I teach my students to stay safe online?

By using Fronter you are already helping learners to stay safe online within in a secure environment – which is a great start!

But did you know that we have:

- A ‘Ready-to’Go’ room called ‘eSafety‘ which contains helpful videos, interactive quizzes and links to useful websites such as ‘thinkuknow‘ that help learners understand how to stay safe online
– An ‘Online Safety & Security’ webinar specifically for Primary schools

Once downloaded you can customise your eSafety room to include links or resources that you feel may be of benefit to your learners.

Let’s not forget, there’s a Safer Internet day that takes place every year, where you can learn more about keeping your learners safe online. Visit www.saferinternetday.org for more details.


How do I create a Fronter room for an event?

With so many great sporting events taking place in 2014, why not create a room, or series of rooms, to help learners get involved in some way.

Here are just some of the events you could try creating rooms for:

- Sochi Winter Olympics (7 – 23rd Feb)
– Sochi Winter Paralympics (7 – 16 Mar)
– World Cup (12 Jun – 13 Jul)
– Commonwealth Games, Glasgow (23 Jul – 3 Aug)

We have a library of free ‘Ready-to-Go’ rooms that have been created for previous events such as Summer Games, which may give you some ideas on things you can include. We ran a competition for schools and learners to create their own rooms around this subject, you can view this on our website.

If you need help in creating your own room, we have a ‘Basic Room Management’ webinar or for those users who have mastered the basics we are also running an ‘Advanced Room Management’ webinar.

Summer Games

I need help preparing for Ofsted

By using Fronter regularly, much of the information Ofsted inspectors will need to assess your school is already n one place.

To help we are running a ‘Preparing for Ofsted’ webinar which covers:

- A number of good practice examples of how Fronter and Webfronter can support an Ofsted visit
– How to set up and manage an Ofsted Fronter Room
– How to manage staff and inspector access of Fronter during the visit

If you would like more detail on how to create your own Ofsted room, why not join our ‘Basic Room Management’ webinar where you can get a better understanding of how Fronter rooms work.

Preparing for Ofsted

How can I use Fronter for assessment?

The following Fronter tools can be used together to provide that all important learner assessment information:

- ILP & Goal tool
– Hand-in tool
– Test tool
– Portfolio tool

The ILP* & Goal tool is used to set individual learning goals, you can then set the learner homework which they submit using the ‘hand-in’ tool and tests in class can be managed using the ‘test tool’. The results from both the ‘hand-in’ and the ‘test tool’ are automatically collated in the ‘Portfolio tool’ which contains a results matrix that can be used as a virtual mark book.

We are running an ‘Assessment with Fronter’ webinar where you can learn more about how Fronter handles assessment in more detail. We also have an ‘Introduction to the ILP and Goal Tool’ webinar and a ‘Using the ILP & Goal Tool’ training course which cover how to set up learning goals in Fronter.

*Individual Learning Plan (ILP)


I’d like to learn more about rooms in Fronter

Think of your school – it’s in a building, with rooms for classes, shelves for resources i.e. books and pupil registers for your learners. Fronter is structured in much the same way, but online.

Fronter is your virtual school building. You create ‘rooms’ for teaching subjects, general school information to be shared with colleagues and much more. To those rooms you add the learners for each specific subject such as ‘School Information’.

To help you get started we have created a bank of ‘Ready-to-Go’ rooms which are loaded with quizzes, forums, videos, games and much more.

If you would like to know more about how to create your own rooms join our ‘Basic Room Management’ webinar.


How Fronter can help children to communicate openly about religion?

Fronter has a number of built-in tools to help engage learners and encourage them to have a voice.

Have you thought about using the forum tool? Forums allow learners to comment without the pressure of speaking up in class. If you don’t have a forum why not create a room and add it, or download one of our free ‘Ready-to-Go’ rooms. Not made a room before? Why not attend the ‘Basic Room Management’ webinar.

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