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Computing

 

 

At Kilmersdon, we intend to teach our children 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.

 

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.

 

At Kilmersdon we use the Kapow Computing scheme of work which enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage attainment targets in the National Curriculum.

NATIONAL CURRICULUM

 

The Kilmersdon Computing Curriculum offers full coverage of each end of key stage National Curriculum (NC) statement. For EYFS, the curriculum covers the Early Learning Goals and Development Matters statements. Pupils are taught the following knowledge elements from the National Curriculum and these links are shown on the overview below.

 

Computer Science (CS)

Information Technology (IT)

Digital Literacy (DL)

 

KEY AREAS

 

Lessons are taught in the 5 Key Areas below. These Key Areas are returned to in each year group and link to prior and future learning. This includes a key area for online safety. These are also shown on the overview below.

 

Computing systems

and networks

Programming

Creating Media

Data Handling

Online Safety

Identifying hardware and using software, while exploring how computers communicate and connect to one another.

Understanding that a computer operates on algorithms, and learning how to write, adapt and debug code to instruct a computer to perform set tasks.

Learning how to use various devices — record, capture and edit content such as videos, music, pictures and photographs.

Ensuring that information is collected, recorded, stored, presented and analysed in a manner that is useful and can help to solve problems.

Understanding the benefits and risks of being online — how to remain safe, keep personal information secure and recognising when to seek help in difficult situations.

 

KILMERSDON COMPUTING OVERVIEW

SKILLS SHOWCASE UNITS

 

There are also four units shown above, entitled Skills showcase (in Year 1, 4, 5 and 6). These units give children the chance to combine and apply skills and knowledge gained, from a range of the five key areas above, to produce a specific outcome.

Kilmersdon School Computing - Progression of Knowledge and Skills

Search Engines

 

Even with search engines like Google and Bing, unless you have a third party filter, images and text that are not appropriate to your child may well appear. There are a couple of solutions to this problem. In school the children use a child safe search engine called SWIGGLE. At home you could also use google safe search.

 

Please feel free to come in if you have any questions or would like more information. Your contact for e-safety is Mr Bamford. 

 

E-SAFETY

 

At Kilmersdon Church of England Primary School we use the Internet on a regular basis as part of our learning. To be able to deal with the rewards and risks associated with this, we teach E-Safety as part of our curriculum. Our Computing curriculum ensures that we have regular activities based around E-safety reminding us how we are responsible to keep ourselves safe.

 

Below you can find links to e-safety resources. Click on them to find out more.

 

Year 1 and 2: Hector’s World

Year 3 and 4: Captain Kara’s SMART Adventures

Year 5 and 6: Cyber Cafe

 

Staying Safe at Home

 

The links below can help you to stay safe at home whilst using the Internet or any other technologies that you may have available.

 

the-little-guide-to-reporting-harmful-content

 

Think U know – containing internet safety advice for those aged from 5-16, along with parents and teachers.

 

NSPCC – Lots of current topics for parents on different aspects of online safety.

 

Be Smart online -useful advice for helping children to Smart online.

 

Kidscape – An organisation which helps to prevent bullying and child abuse.

 

Childline – Childline is a free helpline for children and young people in the UK.

 

This video from internetmatters.org shows parents how to ensure their child’s phone or tablet is set up safely:

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