At St Nicholas Primary School, it is our aim for children to be taught the skills and knowledge in the computing curriculum to enable them to access and use technology across all areas of their learning to fully empower them in this digital age.
Computing is taught both through discrete computing lessons and through applying previously taught skills across other areas of the curriculum, such as research using the internet and presenting information using word processing, powerpoint and spreadsheets.
The computing curriculum is set out in three strands:
At St Nicholas, children in KS1 and KS2 are taught about the risks and benefits of using digital equipment (computers, photographic and recording equipment, tablets, mobile phones etc) and the rules that will keep them safe when using this technology. Children annually take part in ‘Safer Internet Day’ activities and where appropriate KS2 children are involved in local internet safety activities.
Useful advise for children and parents regarding e-safety can be found on the following website. https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/
Children in KS1 classes at St Nicholas will begin to develop skills in programming, using beebots alongside ‘unplugged’ (using programming skills without the use of technology) activities. They will also be taught basic keyboard skills, how to use the internet to play games and creating images using both PCs, portable netbooks and ipads.
Children in our KS2 classes will further develop the skills taught in KS1, developing programming skills using computer programmes such as scratch to write code. Children will also be taught to use the internet and search engines primarily using the portable netbooks and ipads.
Progress in Computing is monitored continually by staff using an assessment checklist directly linked to National Curriculum. The subject leader attends regular network meetings and attends additional training courses as necessary.
Computing Subject Leader
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