Why is computing important to us?
We understand that the world of technology is all around us, and our everyday lives are filled with screens! We want our children to understand how to be tech-savvy, whilst being safe online.
Computing links to a whole host of different curriculum subjects including: maths, science, DT and PSHE. This means that more than ever it is so important for the children to be able to become effective users of technology.
At Bredbury St Mark’s, we follow the Teach Computing scheme of work throughout both KS1 and KS2 - the curriculum has been designed by NCCE (National Centre for Computing Education). Both the KS1 and KS2 curriculum overviews are available to download.
Knowledge / Concepts / Skills
The computing curriculum covers 10 key strands:
- Algorithms — Be able to comprehend, design, create, and evaluate algorithms
- Computer networks — Understand how networks can be used to retrieve and share information, and how they come with associated risks
- Computer systems — Understand what a computer is, and how its constituent parts function together as a whole
- Creating media — Select and create a range of media including text, images, sounds, and video
- Data and information — Understand how data is stored, organised, and used to represent real-world artefacts and scenarios
- Design and development — Understand the activities involved in planning, creating, and evaluating computing artefacts
- Effective use of tools — Use software tools to support computing work
- Impact of technology — Understand how individuals, systems, and society as a whole interact with computer systems
- Programming — Create software to allow computers to solve problems
- Safety and security — Understand risks when using technology, and how to protect individuals and systems
E-safety is a fundamental element of computing teaching and technology use at Bredbury St Marks, and is taught explicitly across the year. The school has a separate E-Safety policy available on the policies page of the website.