At English Martyrs we follow the primary national curriculum for computing supported by the Knowsley Scheme of work.
Children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding and use of the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives. Through their computing education, they will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content as well as how to operate in a digital world both safely and respectfully.
The Computing Curriculum is built upon the following principles:
· Equipping pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
· 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. Buildings 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.
Computing Curriculum Jargon busting-
Program- A sequence of instructions
Algorithm- A sequence of instructions to perform a defined task
De-bug-To adjust an algorithm or program when it isn’t functioning correctly
Logical Reasoning-To think through the actions of an algorithm (used to predict an outcome)
Selection- When commands are activated based on a condition occurring
Repetition- When sections of algorithms are repeated a fixed number of times or infinitely
Variable- A value in a game which can change (such as a score)
E-Safety at English Martyrs CVA
At English Martyrs CVA we believe that learning about e-safety is a vital life skill. Empowering children at an early age with the knowledge to safeguard themselves and their personal information is something that needs to be nurtured throughout school to see them into adult life. We have embedded e-safety into our curriculum and children feel confident using technologies safely both in and outside of school.
Although E-Safety education is an integral part of our computing curriculum and our daily practice, we also celebrate Safer Internet Day annually. On this enrichment day, all classes work to further develop their understanding of key risks and safe practices.
Watch out for tips on E safety for parents during the academic year.
English Martyrs has its own Digital leaders that are our resident experts and offer pupil, parent and teacher support .
Their role includes:
· Working with the IT leader to develop E-Safety education and learning environments keeping up to date with current changes and risks.
· Deliver E-Safety training sessions for each class through workshops and whole school assemblies.
· Organise and deliver lunchtime activities to develop computing skills with younger children.
· Getting out and putting away correctly digital equipment.
· Supporting where appropriate in classrooms with curriculum teaching. To find out more about E-Safety practice and Technology Safety, view our E Safety Policy.