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.
At Wensum we use code.org to deliver computing. The research-based curriculum is designed to build up knowledge and understanding over time including:
- Algorithms, loops, functions, variable and conditionals
- Abstraction, decomposition, pattern recognition
- Computing practice and programming (use of computational tools)
- Computers and communication devices
- Community, global and ethical impacts
The curriculum will also enable able children to work as a computer scientist through the acquisition of computational thinking practices through:
- problem solving
Computing at home
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.
Staying safe online
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.