This is an exciting time for computing within schools.
At NMPA computing is taught through our Challenge Curriculum and through computer science units of work.
It has three prime focus areas:~
Computer science (CS), Information technology (IT) and Digital literacy (DL).
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation. They look at how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. E.g Beebots – Scratch.
Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils will be equipped to use ….
Information technology to use technology purposeful to create programmes, organise and store. They will be able to use search technologies effectively. Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) Create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
Computing also ensures that pupils become …
Digital literacy – Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies e.g. Online safety.
During our first term we will be focussing on Online Safety, which will cover how to keep safe when using the internet and what to do if children see something they are uncomfortable with.
Remember Computing is not just about computers. You can help your child at
by allowing children to take photographs using digital cameras, recording themselves or you. Giving and receiving instructions to complete a simple task, pretend to be a human robot and follow instructions – this can be really fun if you follow the instruction exactly!
We will be updating this page regularly with interesting and fun websites for you to use.
Below are just a few to get you started.
All about how to keep safe on the internet.
– Everyone should have their own individual log on and passwords. If you have lost them please let your child’s class teacher know.
Very useful site with fun games for the whole curriculum.
Fun programme for all ages to teach programming skills.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
|Purpose of study
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.
|Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
|Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to: