At St Nicholas, our Computing Curriculum will be taught either in the ICT suite or using iPads and tablets in a classroom setting.
The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
Information technology is about the use of computers, for example researching, presenting information and data.
Digital literacy is the understanding of being able to use technology safely and appropriately, through digital technologies like internet platforms, social media, and mobile devices.
Computer science is about the knowledge of how computers and networks work. In these lessons children will be taught programming skills and in some year groups finish making their own games and programmes.
Digital literacy is taught alongside e-safety. It is important the children are exposed to regular teaching of e-safety to ensure the children know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable. These lessons are taught every half term.
At St Nicholas, our aim is for every child to leave St Nicholas at the end of the Year 6 to be digitally literate and to be able to be digitally safe. Every child should be able to use technology confidently and wisely as an integral part of life and to ensure their readiness for the ‘outside’ world and potential careers.
Our Computing curriculum has been carefully thought out so that the most purposeful and engaging prepared series of lessons are taught. These lessons include using Twinkl and Knowsley planning. The lessons have progressively more complex outcomes and contexts within each year group. Please click to see the overview of these units.