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Computing

Computing

 

The new computing curriculum has now become a key part of the new curriculum and will be taught in school across EYFS, Key Stage 1 and 2. The computing curriculum will encourage children to understand and equip themselves with computational thinking that addresses the challenges and opportunities offered by the technologically rich world in which we live.

 

Each year group will follow a sequence of learning each term, this will cover e-safety, computer science, programming and control, introducing algorithms, information technology and digital literacy. Over the course of the year children will build upon prior knowledge taking this with them throughout their primary education. This will result in gradual progression and mastery of the subject.

 

The computing curriculum is made up of three important areas which will be taught throughout our school.

These are -

  • Computer Science
  • Information Technology
  • Digital Literacy

 

The core knowledge within the new computing curriculum is based around computer science. This involves programming, debugging and beginning to understand computer networking. It will also focus on using logical reasoning to manipulate or fix programs. This can include simple commands and making predictions about the outcome of each command. Children will also be able to design and create their own applications!

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IT skills is integral to all our children’s learning and involves using technology correctly and purposefully. At High View Primary School we provide children will use search engines to find and present information. This element of computing will be closely linked to children's topics where they will be given opportunities to effectively search for information, assess its credibility and use a range of ways to present.

 

The Digital literacy aspect of the computing curriculum will focus on using technology safely. At High View educating our children in online safety is paramount to us. We have always taught the children many important skills about staying safe whilst using the internet and other communication technology.

 

However, staying safe online is also something that needs to happen both inside and outside of school.

Remember - 'friends' online are strangers unless we already know them. This includes online gaming friends.

Here are some useful websites to help you to ensure your children stay safe online –

 

www.saferinternet.org.uk/parents

www.connectsafely.org

www.vodafone.com/content/parents/digital-parenting.html

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

http://www.kidsmart.org.uk/

 

'We was using the iPad to take pictures of Jim and the beanstalk and after we used them to take pictures of flowers.' Jasim (Year 3)

 

' This term in Computing, we learnt about many fun things like: spreadsheets, scratch and coding. We've found this very fun because we had never come across these activities before. Our favourite activity was the spread sheets because they were challenging to master. We also learnt how to do the four operations from Microsoft Excel (Formula Bar) without having to use our brains! We sometimes find this being a good thing because sometimes questions are hard.' Year 5

 

'l like computing because all of the amazing and fascinating things we learn, such as programming and web designing. My favourite thing we have learnt is how to create a website because there are so many things you need to do and it has a lot of challenges involved. Another thing l have enjoyed is programming and to do this we use a piece of software called scratch, and it was really fun and l really enjoyed learning about it. I have really enjoyed computing and l sincerely hope we get to learn lots more in the future.' Year 6

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