The Purpose Of The Computing Curriculum
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. 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 At Telferscot
Our Computing Curriculum goes beyond the basic requirements of the National Curriculum. We aim to teach the children computational skills that can be applied to all curriculum areas in innovative, creative and relevant ways.
The children have access to a range of technology in school such as laptops, iPads, digital cameras, data loggers and robots. The school also has a partnership with the London Connected Learning Centre which gives the children the opportunity to take part in a range of interesting projects to take their understanding of the latest technology to the next level. Technology is always changing and developing and we are always looking for opportunities to further enhance our Computing Curriculum with the very latest software and devices as and when they become available.
E-Safety is embedded throughout our Computing Curriculum.
Scheme Of Work
Telferscot’s Computing scheme of work is full of challenging, fun and relevant learning opportunities. Each year group studies six units based on:
- Computational thinking
- Computer networks
- Communication and collaboration
How To Support Your Child
There are lots of things you can do with your child to help them develop their computational thinking and understanding. Many apps are available for free on tablets and phones that can help improve computing skills.
Scratch – This is the software we use at Telferscot for programming. You can download Scratch for free on your computer at https://scratch.mit.edu/ . An app is also available for Android and Apple devices.
Raspberry Pi / BBC micro:bit – These are tiny and affordable computer that you can use to learn programming through fun, practical projects.
The National Museum of Computing – Although it is 2 hours away from Telferscot, it is well worth a visit for upper Key Stage 2 children who have a taken an interest in Computing.
If you would like further information about Computing, please speak to Miss Bowater.