Curriculum Co-ordinator: Rachel Curtin
Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, both at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world.
The new National Curriculum for computing has been developed to equip young people with the foundation skills, knowledge and understanding of computing that they will need for the rest of their lives. Through the new programme of study for computing, they will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, create a range of content and develop their ideas using technology.
In Key Stage 1 there is a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media.
There are three aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL).
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.
Squirrels & Owls
|Pictograms and graphs|
Using ICT to work with text, images and sounds
|IT: Word Processing|
and word banks
Researching information online
|CS: Coding: writing instructions to make things happen|
|Keyboard and basic word processing skills|
Creating picturesCoding: refresher unit
|IT: Finding information|
Combining text and graphicsCS: Coding: different sorts of input
|CS: Coding:Buttons and instructions|
IT: creating a T-shirt transfer design.