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Computing

 

At West Twyford the Computing curriculum is split into eight strands.  Each strand is regularly revisited and developed further as the children journey through the school. 

 

Computing is not timetabled as a separate subject, but the teaching is integrated across other curriculum subjects.  This could mean children in Year 1 might be taught programming in a PE lesson.  Instructions could be practised using commands for movement. E.g. A programme could be developed by ‘move 3 steps forward, turn right, move 3 steps backwards.   In Year 6 it could be part of a topic lesson about Ancient Greece where the children write a computer programme to extricate Theseus from the Labyrinth and escape the Minotaur.

 

In Key Stage 1 children are taught to understand algorithms and to create and debug simple programs. They learn how to store and organise digital content and they develop an understanding of how technology is used in the world around them as well as how to use technology to achieve a purpose.

 

In Key stage 2 programming skills are developed to address more complex and specific goals.  The children gain a greater understanding of networks and the Internet and how it can support learning and provide opportunities.  They learn how to search and retrieve information and data and also how to assess the validity and reliability of data.

 

E-safety is taught across all year groups as part of computing and also within the PSHE curriculum.   Each Year Group has a specific e-safety module with age appropriate messages.  In Key Stage 1 the focus is to develop an awareness of how the Internet works, how to keep information private and what to do if something does not seem right. In Key Stage 2 these ideas are further developed and children learn how to keep personal information private, consider some of the risks associated with the many different media for accessing the Internet as well as what to do if they come across inappropriate content or situations.

 

The strands covered in computing each year are:

 

Year Groups

Topics

 

 

Early Years

KS1

KS2

  • e-safety

  • Digital research

  • Programming (Coding)

  • Data Handling

  • Spreadsheet Modelling

  • Graphic Images and Animation

  • Photographs, Animation and Video

  • Sound & Music

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