Computing is an ever growing, integral part of modern-day life. Through the teaching of computing at St Nicholas we aim to develop independent learners who are equipped with the skills, confidence and competencies they need to access digital technology safely and accurately.
The national curriculum defines three clear aspects of computing curriculum:
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy
A St-Nicholas, children are given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from Reception/ Foundation Stage to Year 6. Work within each year group is planned to build continuity and progression of skills. Where possible it is linked to other areas of the wider curriculum.
The aims of teaching Computing, as outlined in the National Curriculum are to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
- understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Progression in computing is assessed throughout each key stage through the children’s ability to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the curriculum. We assess the children through:
- Teacher observation of children at work during weekly computing sessions.
- Questioning the children in relation to their programme of study in order to assess their understanding and comprehension.
- Assessment of the work produced by the children and discussion of next steps.
For more information about the primary computing curriculum please visit: www.bbc.co.uk/schools/0/computing/28972462
Useful Computing Websites for Children
Equipping children with the knowledge, skills and understanding to use the internet safely is a key priority. Online safety lessons are delivered regularly to all children using a variety of resources from ThinkuKnow and Be Internet Legends.
“Helping children be safe and confident explorers of the online world.”
Safer Internet Day
Every year we support Safer Internet Day. This year saw children from Yr 5 leading a whole school assembly to celebrate the day and discuss the theme “Together for a better internet.”
Click here for the assembly sides : SID 2019