Sudbury Primary School aims to create a learning environment, which enables children to be independent and active problem solvers who can initiate activities and direct their own learning using a wide range of technology.
Computing is often used alongside other subject areas to enhance the children’s learning. We encourage all children to use technology with purpose and enjoyment and seek to develop all pupils’ computing capabilities. With the rapid growth of technology, we use computing sessions to evaluate the benefits of computing and its impact on society.
The topics taught, meet the requirements of the National Curriculum as fully as possible and help all pupils achieve the highest possible standards of achievement.
The National Curriculum Aims are:
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
· can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
· can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
· can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
· are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
The computing curriculum breaks down into 3 areas; computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
At Key Stage 1 children are expected to write, test and improve programs that carry out simple tasks to achieve simple goals, understand how a computer functions through a process of input and output and use the internet safely.
At Key Stage 2 children are expected to write, test and improve more complex programs which run several functions simultaneously, begin to understand how a computer uses binary and have a positive online presence and interact with others safely and positively.
The newest part of the curriculum is the Computer Science aspect. Currently the whole school are using Espresso Coding to learn the basics of algorithms, debugging and loops. You can access this site at home on (https://online.espresso.co.uk) with a password that all the children have access to and can use at home. You can even access a gallery of the children’s programs thus far. The new curriculum comes with a lot of new terms and you can access a glossary of terms at via Code It (http://code-it.co.uk/csvocab). See if you can find out what algorithms, decomposing and abstraction are!
E-Safety is an ever increasing concern and it the responsibility of parents to monitor and supervise their child’s online activity. At Sudbury Primary School, children are reminded of the principles of e-safety on a termly basis. For more information please visit Think U Know (https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk) and if you have any concerns
about your child please report them to CEOP (https://www.ceop.police.uk/Safety-Centre/), the branch of the police force designed to deal with online behaviour.
Here’s a snapshot of just some of the resources children at Sudbury Primary School use in their learning.