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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
The primary tool used across the school for computing are IPADs. We then use 2Simple software with their ‘Purple Mash’ scheme of work to fulfill the majority of the computing objectives. Some of the topics that the children will cover are listed below:
Key Stage 1:
|Grade 1||Grade 2|
|Online Safety||Online Safety|
|Lego Builders||Making Music|
|Grouping and Sorting||Effective Searching|
Key Stage 2:
|Grade 3||Grade 4||Grade 5||Grade 6|
|Online Safety||Online Safety||Online Safety||Online Safety|
|Touch Typing||Logo||Databases||Text Adventures|
|Branching Databases||Effective Searches||Game Creator||Networks|
|Simulations||Writing for Different Audiences||Concept Maps||Understanding Binary|
Outside of the Computing lessons, the children use IPADs, and the apps that they learn how to use, to help them during other lessons. Whether it be for research, to draft a piece of writing or simply as a mini whiteboard to solve a quick calculation in maths, the IPAD is an invaluable classroom tool.
Throughout their time in The ISB Primary School, the children are given constant opportunities to put their computing skills into practise. These skills are put to use in all curriculum subjects, as a tool to record and present their work. This could be creating an animation of the water cycle for Science, publishing a newspaper report in English, or creating and editing a video to present research carried out on a History topic.
ISB Primary School Curriculum Objectives (In-line with the English National Curriculum):
Key stage 1
Pupils will be taught to:
Key stage 2
Pupils will be taught to: