Computing Curriculum Offer
At Crowcombe and Stogumber C of E Primary Schools we strive to deliver a computing curriculum that encourages pupils to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. Computing has become an essential part of modern society, and as such, it is becoming increasingly important for children to learn the basics of computing from a young age. That's why computing is taught to children in Key Stage One and Two.
Computing is not just about using computers, it involves understanding how technology works and the impact it has on our daily lives. By introducing children to computing at a young age, they develop invaluable skills that will be useful throughout their life. These skills include problem-solving, logical thinking, and the ability to think outside the box.
In Key Stage One, children get their first taste of computing through learning basic coding skills. They learn how to use simple coding blocks to create programs that move characters, objects, and shapes on the screen. These skills help them understand the fundamental concepts of programming, which will serve as a foundation for more complex programming in later stages.
In Key Stage Two, children build on their key stage one knowledge by learning more complex programming languages such as Python, Scratch, and HTML. They learn to code, design a website, create a game or an app, and solve problems using code. They also learn about internet safety, digital citizenship, and online communication protocols.
During both stages, children learn to use technology responsibly and ethically. They learn to respect copyright, privacy, and security, and how to avoid cyberbullying and other online dangers. They also learn the importance of protecting their personal information online.
Computing is not only fun and challenging, but it is also essential for future success. The demand for skilled programmers and developers is rapidly increasing, and more industries are turning to technology to streamline their operations. By teaching computing to children in Key Stage One and Two, we are preparing them for a future that is becoming increasingly reliant on technology.
To wrap things up, computing is taught to children in Key Stage One and Two to prepare them for a future that is becoming more reliant on technology. Children learn essential skills such as logical thinking, problem-solving, and coding, which will serve as a foundation for their future accomplishments. Additionally, they learn about internet safety, cybersecurity, and ethical practices, making them responsible digital citizens. As a result, we can say with confidence that computing is an essential subject that should be embraced by all students.
The school uses the Purple Mash computing scheme of work to deliver the computing curriculum over two year cycles in Years 1 & 2, Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6. The scheme has three strands; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy and units of work based on these themes are taught in subject specific sessions on a weekly basis.
In the Early Years, Purple Mash is taught on a yearly cycle.
In addition to online safety sessions which are delivered within the Purple Mash curriculum, an additional school assembly based on internet safety is delivered each half term in both Stogumber and Crowcombe schools. These age appropriate assemblies are taken from the Somerset ELim package.
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