How Computing is Taught

Children are taught computing in line with the new Programme of Study for computing from Years 1–6, ensuring that they develop the knowledge, skills and understanding required throughout the primary years. The links within the subject are highlighted throughout lessons, with digital literacy elements integrated fully into computer science and IT-based units.

Each half term children begin a new unit of work, and each unit requires children to solve a real-life problem using digital technology. Children are encouraged to apply their knowledge in both verbal and written forms and to produce a tangible outcome. Pupils are expected to present, review or write-up their work in many units.

Children employ en use a range of readily available or free software in their lessons from Paint and iMovie, to Scratch and Kodu. This allows children to hone and develop their skills outside of school if they wish to make further progress.

Use is also made of hardware such as digital cameras, video cameras, tablets and web servers.

Creativity is at the heart of every computing unit, from year 1’s We are TV chefs, which teaches computational thinking, to Year 6’s We are app designers where children program simple mobile apps. It is through these creative projects that pupils develop their understanding of concepts in computing.