Strong computing skills are vital in today’s high-tech world. It is essential that our pupils become competent users of ICT. In today’s workplace, being able to type is as important as having good handwriting, and children need to be taught to confidently create, analyse and share digital content.
More recently, the concept of computer science has also been rightly emphasised as an important aspect of the primary curriculum. Teaching skills such as computational thinking and coding equips pupils to use technology in a wide range of situations, and allows them to develop not only their logical and analytic skills, but also their creativity. Other core competencies developed through computer science, such as perseverance and collaboration, are pre-requisites for success across the entire curriculum.
Additionally, in our fast-paced and rapidly changing world of digital and social media, it is vital that pupils are taught to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
Examples of Children's Work from KS1 and KS2
Year 5 Powerpoint Presentation on Air Raid Shelters
Y1 Coding with Bee-Bots
- Code Club
- Go-Kart Club
- Mathletics Club
- "Galactic Challenge" held at Riddlesdown Collegiate/Trinity School
- COMP Link sessions at Trinity School coding SPHEROS
- Riddlesdown Computing Fair
- "Capturing Croydon" photography project
Websites to support learning in Computing
https://code.org/ (use child’s .306 login)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zf2f9j6/articles/z3c6tfr (BBC Dance Mat Typing)
https://www.busythings.co.uk/lgfl-login/ (use child’s .306 login)