In an increasingly evolving digital world, we believe that developing computing skills at primary school will not only help our children as they move into secondary school but also help them to become 21st Century Citizens, with a greater understanding of the wider world.
At Kirk Merrington, the computing curriculum allows for a progressive sequence of learning, which ensures children build on their skills each year.
Through the ‘Computer Science’ element of our Computing curriculum, children learn to think critically and solve problems as they predict, sequence, analyse and debug various different programmes.
As part of the ‘IT’ element of our Computing Curriculum, children can explore how to present their work in lots of different ways and work independently to choose appropriate presentation methods.
It is very important to us that children learn a sense of community and know their rights and responsibilities. Learning about digital rights and responsibilities is a crucial part of this and is therefore explored through our ‘Digital Literacy’ element of the Computing curriculum every term.
We strive to share important online safety messages with parents and carers too. At Kirk Merrington children are encouraged to share their learning and experiences of online activity with their adults at home and we also aim to welcome them into school during the week of ‘Safer Internet Day’ each year.
As the Computing curriculum has developed and evolved over recent years, so too has the need to ensure that staff have the knowledge and skills to deliver the curriculum. Through training and continuous professional development, we aim to ensure that all staff members feel equipped to deliver the Computing curriculum to the highest standard.
At Kirk Merrington Primary School, Computing is taught through discreet lessons every week. We have our own long-term plan which is derived from the National curriculum and includes three main elements;
- Digital Literacy
- Information Technology
- Computer Science
In computing lessons, children will have the opportunity to use iPads, laptops and programable toys, such as Beebots and Probots. They will also access a range of apps and software.
Computing Long Term Plan
“Last lesson I found it hard to use Word but this lesson has been much easier because I understand more now”. Harry Y2
“If someone found out my password they might go on Apps and spend money or edit my pictures to make them look silly”. Alexis Y4
“I like using programming Apps to make games”. Joseph Y6
“I chose a Word document to create my fact file. If I wanted to present lots of facts on more pages, I would use PowerPoint presentation”. Joel Y6