As a school, we teach computing through the computing curriculum developed by the National Centre for Computing education. This is a government backed scheme of work from Year 3 to Year 6 covering a wide range of areas in computing in line with the National curriculum guidelines. The pupils build upon prior learning and key skills as they move through the units of work. They have the opportunity to continue their learning at home and share what they have discovered with their parents. The key areas taught are:
- Coding and Computational thinking
- Internet and Email
- Art and Design
- Databases and graphing
- Writing and Presenting
- Communication and network
Throughout all of the key areas taught there is a constant emphasis on e-safety and equipping our pupils with the skills they need to stay safe online and in an increasingly challenging digital world.
We also use Lego WeDo and Micro:bits to enable our pupils to develop their programming skills and explore how a sequence of commands can affect the movements and decisions made by simple models and robots. WeDo enables science and computing to come to life through hands-on tasks, real-world projects, and relevant technology that engages pupils. Through project-based activities, pupils’ skills are enhanced across science, coding, engineering and technology. WeDo empowers pupils to ask the right questions, define problems, and design their own solutions by putting scientific discovery in their hands.