A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. – National Curriculum.
The aims of the National Curriculum, and Wensum Junior School, are to ensure that:
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Below, you will find a number of links and resources to use if you wish for your child to build upon their computing skills at home.
https://scratch.mit.edu/ – Scratch Online is a free resource and is also the programme we use the most at our school.
https://www.kodugamelab.com/– Kodu is another programme we use to teach coding. It allows children to build their own video games (they can even create one to use with an PC-Xbox controller). It is also free to download.
Technology has improved dramatically, however it has also increased the number of risks children face online. At Wensum, we cover termly online safety sessions which requires children to understand what is means to be SMART- Safe, Measurable, Accept, Reliable and Tell. Please find below additional resources to help children learn how to be safe online:
Think U Know – A website with loads of resources which teaches children how to behave and act online. These are the resources we use in school.
CEOP – The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) works across the UK providing advice for parents, young people and children abut the dangers online.
NSPCC Online Safety– Some helpful tips from The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) including apps and games.