Computing

Computing has replaced ICT in the 2014 National Curriculum. Computing is a subject that will prepare children to work effectively in the new digital world by enabling them to use technology effectively for a range of purposes. There are three main aspects of the Computing curriculum; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. E-safety is a key component of the Digital Literacy aspect of the Computing curriculum in which children learn how to stay safe online.

At St Martin’s School, we aim for children to be able to talk confidently and enthusiastically about their learning experiences in Computing. We ensure that pupils have access to age-appropriate devices, including laptops, chromebooks and iPads. Pupils in KS2 use a version of Google Classroom, which enables them to access learning support and resources both in school and at home. Pupils access other areas of the curriculum using their computing skills, linking the Computing curriculum to class topics and other areas of the curriculum as much as possible. For example, in the ‘Where do I belong?’ topic saw pupils creating presentations about Cornish landmarks and fact sheets. In addition there are specific computing lessons for those areas that cannot be easily linked to other topic areas. For example: “Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.”

Pupils access aspects of maths (TTRockstars) and reading (Accelerated Reader and Fiction Express) using online resources to promote practise of key skills.