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Subject Leader - Mr Cowley

The Curriculum

There are 3 aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

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.

Computing teaching

There are 5 strands taught, these are:
žMultimedia: The multimedia strand is designed to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge to work creatively within a range of media and on a range of technology platforms. The media types covered are: graphics; text; sound; video; and animation.
žCoding/Programming: There will be a progression of programming skills which build upon previous learning and which aim to move pupils from constructing simple sequential algorithms (series of instructions) to complex programs.
žOnline: The online strand of this curriculum is designed to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge to effectively and efficiently navigate the Internet and undertake online tasks of communication and data storage. The topics covered within this strand are: websites; email; blogging; research via search engines; video conferencing; and cloud computing.
žE-Safety: Since pupils are spending a greater time online and are starting to go online at a younger age, and on a greater range of devices, the curriculum aims to provide pupils with the education they require to help navigate the online world safely and take their place respectfully in online communities.
žData: The data strand aims to provide pupils with the skills and knowledge to enter, manipulate, sort, search and represent data in a variety of formats in a range of programs. In working through this strand, pupils are introduced to the notion of entering data into a program or spreadsheet.

Computing and e-Safety Policy

Computing and e-Safety Policy Spring.pdf

iPad-Acceptable-Use-Policy Appendix 1.pdf

How can you help at home?
• Keeping Young People Safe Online
• Information and Online Resources
• Supporting Young People Online
Have you accessed these sites at home? The links are on our front page too.

Google Safety Centre

Yahoo Safety Centre 

Think U Know (age appropriate content)

Parental Controls

Safer Internet

Vodafone E—Safety Guides

Children can now access computer homework set by their teacher on Purple Mash will take you to our logon page. Enter user name and password and look at ‘2dos’ for work set by your teacher.

Other Computer Use in School

The children have the opportunity to do their online tests using Accelerated Reader in the Computing Suite each morning. Each class has an iPad for the same purposes. We have other sites which we use to develop understanding of computing and the wider curriculum such as

Assessment Information

Computing is assessed solely through ‘Teacher Assessment’ meaning the progress of your child is monitored by your child’s class teacher in an on-going manner, allowing your child’s individual needs to be met.

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Orchard Primary School, Oxford Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 6LW
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