Technology can help children make accelerated progress in all areas of their learning. We do not know what the future holds for our children, so the aim of the Charlestown Computing Curriculum is to give the pupils the best start to life involving technology, preparing them with the skills to adapt and adjust to the technology of the future. As a school we believe that pupils should not just be ‘computer literate’, but be able to use technology to solve problems, help them access learning and stay safe online.
At Charlestown Primary, the curriculum for both computing and E Safety have been organized to ensure progression of skills and understanding year on year. Using the National Curriculum, we aim to ensure all children are equipped for the digital world.
For this we have broken down the curriculum into three areas: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and ICT. In Computer Science, the children will develop their knowledge of language for computing (algorithms, debug, etc.) before working with variables and programing to solve problems. Our Digital Literacy, taught through Project Evolve, the pupils will become global citizens of technology understanding how to stay safe and evaluate online content. Finally, in the ICT area of the curriculum the pupils will put their skills into practice and be creative using different programs, apps and software. Here we provide the pupils with a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design, create and find solutions to problems. This includes collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data, before using their Computer Science skills to find a solution and improve their creation. An example of this is using Scratch programming to move a ‘sprite’ around the screen to creating online games for younger children. Another example would be to use ‘Crumble Robotics’ to create and program an intruder alarm with a distance sensor, LEDs and servo.
Through the implementation of our curriculum and the use of our hardware and software available throughout the school, children at Charlestown Primary will be digitally literate and able to go out into the world understanding digital platforms. This will not only include using a range of software and hardware products, but also the fundamentals of computer science, such as abstraction, algorithms and tinkering. Children will be able to use various systems and apply problem solving techniques with coding systems. One of the largest impacts will be on staying safe online. Through our Project Evolve lessons, the children will become more confident in their computing ability as well as ensuring they stay safe and respect others online. As children become more assured in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.