At New City Primary School, we value the role that computing will undoubtably play in our children’s adult lives. We deliver our computing programme of study from Nursery to Year 6, supported by the Switched on Computing scheme of work. It covers and exceeds all the requirements of the Computing programme of study in a way that’s intended to develop pupils’ understanding of the concepts, practices and perspectives that underpin programming and other aspects of computing science.
It provides ample opportunity to create collaborative project work in which pupils can acquire the information technology skills they’ll need. It also helps pupils understand the implications of technology for individuals and society as they continue to become more digitally literate.
Every half term, each phase follows and completes one unit, with a total of six units of the year. Each unit focuses on one of the key six aspects of computing:
- Computational thinking
- Computer networks
- Collaboration and communication
Children are encouraged to problem solve and explore the operations that enable technology to develop and improve our lives. We also value the learning behaviours that are needed, from resilience to determination, to enable our children to be confident and competent users of technology now, and in the future.
Online safety is intertwined into the units taught, and is carefully planned to ensure that the children are learning about the implications of technology in a real life context. Regular parent coffee mornings take place to support parents in ensuring that our children are safe online.