At St Mark’s CE Primary School, our aim is to prepare our learners for their future by giving them opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. We want all our pupils to be competent in the key areas of computing and ICT and able to apply their knowledge and understanding safely in real-life and ever changing situations. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for our children’s future both at home and for employment.
Teach Computing focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. In computer science we will teach the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming information. In addition, we aim to ensure our children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that our pupils become digitally literate – able to explore, use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We supplement Teach Computing with resources from Project Evolve to support Online Safety.
The goal of Teach Computing is to transform the way computing is taught in schools across the country – and enable more young people to benefit from studying this important subject. Through this, their skills and career opportunities will be enhanced in the future.
Below is the curriculum journey our computing will follow from Year 1 to Year 6. The framework uses an innovative progression to allow to children to build on their prior learning year on year. Each year group will have a unit of work linked to each of the following areas:
At St Mark’s, our pupils have access to a variety of digital devices which are used to support teaching across the curriculum. We have interactive screens in every classroom, a class set of iPads, a computer suite with 15 computers, Chromebooks, data loggers, programmable toys, and other devices to help children apply their skills.
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Our pupils learn about the key aspects of computing (digital literacy, information technology, and computer science) through a variety of units that provide them with key skills that will serve them now and in later life.
We have based our computing curriculum on the Teach Computing curriculum, which was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation on behalf of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). We chose this as the basis of our computing curriculum design for two key reasons:
For support with online safety at home please speak to Mrs Sellins, Miss McKenzie or visit our online safety page.