“Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.” NAACE, 2014.
The Computing curriculum has been designed to prepare our young people for their lives in modern day Britain and equip them with the necessary skills and knowledge. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate so that they are able to use and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. This presents a tool which will be useful in the future.
To support learning in this new curriculum we will be using Scratch and Espresso Coding. Scratch is suited to children of all ages and Espresso works through units from Year 1 – Year 6. Both these offer children the opportunity to develop their skills and confidence at their own pace with a children friendly approach. Scratch can be accessed out of school at: http://scratch.mit.edu/projects/editor/?tip_bar=getStarted
As we continue to develop the resources within school, we currently have the use of laptops, iPads and Promethean touch screen boards which enables us to use a variety of media within our teaching and learning.
Throughout their time at the school, children also get the opportunity to use:
- The Internet
- Digital Cameras
- Flip Cameras
Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum. During their time at school, children will learn how to use ICT safely. Children will undertake E-safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying and keeping information safe online.
If you would like information on E-Safety click here