In 2014 the computing curriculum changed, with a new computing programme of study being introduced. Learning about computers is an important part of computing along with learning using computers, and the new curriculum aims to teach children more about how computers work through computer science. 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. At Welton St Marys we use a range of programs such as BeeBots, ScratchJr and Scratch to create our own animations, games and interactive stories.
In Key stage one 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
In Key stage two 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
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Our school has a dedicated group of Year 5 and 6 Digital Leaders. The group meet weekly with Mr Durkan, to discuss any computing issues and to undertake different tasks. So far they have undertaken online e safety training, led a whole school assembly, produced an e safety poster for parents and written in the newsletter amongst other tasks. All of our Digital Leaders have recently become qualified by completing all of the badges on the Childnet Digital Leaders training programme. They are on hand to offer support in computing lessons across the school, maintain and look after the computing equipment and keep up to date with online safety so that they can help to keep our children safe online.
During the Digital Leader’s training, they have learnt about 5 key SMART rules for primary school children. It might be a good idea to share these with your children. We will be hoping to do some work with the school on the SMART rules in the future.
Safe: Keep safe by being careful not to give our personal information when you’re chatting or posting online. This includes your address, phone number, school name, password etc.
Meet: Meeting someone you have only been in touch with online can be dangerous. Remember online friends are still strangers even if you have been talking to them for a long time.
Accepting: Accepting emails, message, or opening files, images or texts from people you don’t know or trust can lead to problems—they may contain viruses or nasty messages!
Reliable: Someone online might lie about who they are and information online may not be true. Always check information by checking other websites, in books or with someone who knows. If chatting online, it is best to only chat to your real world friends and family.
Tell: Tell a parent, carer or trusted adult if someone, or something, makes you feel uncomfortable or worried or if you or someone you know is being bullied online.