At St Winefrides Catholic Primary School we teach computing in a cross curricular manner. Within our computing lessons we learn about digital literacy (E-Safety), information technology and computer science. At St Winefrides we believe that computational thinking is vital in enabling children to understand the world around them and to ensure that all children are able to access a society which is ever increasingly becoming technology dependent. Computational thinking allows children to solve problems, design and control technologies and to work at their creative best whilst also allowing children the opportunity to apply their knowledge of maths and literacy. Pupils who are able to think computationally are more able to conceptualise, understand and use computer based technologies – better preparing them but their future.
Our Computing curriculum covers the following 5 Areas:
Children learn about how to stay safe online and the risks associated with using the internet. E-Safety is taken very seriously at St Winefrides and we hold an annual E-Safety Day, in line with National Safer Internet Day. As well as the regular lessons we teach the children on how to stay safe online in school, there are many websites that you can access from home to help keep aware and safe: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ National Online Safety https://www.childnet.com/
Children learn how to create, edit and test algorithms which instruct things such as Beebots and online avatars to complete certain tasks. We use programmes such as 2Code (Part of Purple Mash) as well as scratch & hour of code.
Children learn how to retrieve and organise data, from displaying data on a simple graph to a branching database or spreadsheet. We do this through the use of G Suite our cloud based system at school!
Children develop their word processing skills and use a range of computer programs such as Purple Mash, Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher and Excel as well as SMART to create documents linked to the topics covered in our foundation subjects. We also have access to exciting multi media tools such as green screen, I Can Animate software and apple media products such as I Movie, GarageBand and Clips.
Technology in Our Lives
Children develop both their knowledge of the different types of technology around us and their ability to use them, from sending emails, to blogging and creating website pages.
Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:
- Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- Create and debug simple programs
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to:
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
Our teaching of the curriculum is also supported by the Innovation centre who rpvide our staff with ICT training, ICT event days, E Safety workshops as well as hundreds of teaching resources. Please see the link below to view their website
Please use the following links to help your child develop their computing skills at home:
Please see a gallery of pictures below of ICT in action within school
Computer Science Catch Up Plan