There are three main aspects of the Computing curriculum; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. E-safety is a key component of the Digital Literacy aspect of the Computing curriculum in which children learn how to stay safe online.
At Quethiock C of E School, we aim for children to be able to talk confidently and enthusiastically about their learning experiences in Computing. We ensure that pupils have access to age-appropriate devices, including laptops, chromebooks and iPads. Pupils from Year 1 use a version of Google Classroom, which enables them to access learning support and resources both in school and at home. This enabled us to offer a full teaching programme during the COVID-19 school closures and partial opening, allowing pupils to submit work and receive prompt feedback from staff. We are now developing this aspect of learning to provide flipped learning opportunities where pupils can access related information at home to broaden their understanding of a concept. They then bring this understanding to the class where the teacher supports them in exploring the concept more deeply.
Pupils access other areas of the curriculum using their computing skills, linking the Computing curriculum to class topics and other areas of the curriculum as much as possible. For example, in the ‘Mary Bryant: Did her punishment suit her crime?’ pupils use Google Maps layers to plot the journey and in ‘Reach to the Sky -Mountains’ they create presentations about the Seven Summits and fact sheets. In addition there are specific computing lessons for those areas that cannot be easily linked to other topic areas. For example: “Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.”
Pupils access a number of different programmes online to promote practise of key skills (such as times tables, reading and phonics).