Computing is about problem solving – we want our pupils to become the problem solvers of the future. Through our computing curriculum, we aim to develop computational thinking (the ability to think about solving using a computer).
We don’t say: ‘It doesn’t work!’ Instead we say: ‘Let’s debug it!’
All children at Cockfield Primary School have the right to a high-quality computing education which equips them with the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a responsible and safe way. We want children to become independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent, safe end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop computational thinking, creativity, resilience and problem-solving skills.
At our school we believe that a clear and effective scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum is essential to meet the requirements of our children in order for them to thrive. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. In KS1, one of the ways we are teaching the pupils about the language and concepts associated with computer programming is by using Bee Bots and Pro-bots, which are simple programmable robots. Children in KS2 have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, and programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications. Computing is integrated across all aspects of our school curriculum.
Cockfield Primary School takes pride in the teaching and learning of computing and strives to ensure that every child can become a confident user of technology, while being able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems by the time they leave our school. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. They will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems, which will hold them in great stead in the future.
Be Internet Legends!
‘Helping children be safe and confident explorers of the online world’
Pupils in Years 3-6 are taught online safety using this scheme. A range of internet experts and organisations collaborated in creating this scheme, which supports schools and parents in helping to give children the information and tools they need to stay internet safe.
Ask your children about what they are learning and check out the website for more information and some fun ways to share ideas and learn more about this subject.
To ensure age appropriate coverage of the main online safety objectives, we also use a scheme of work called Project Evolve to teach an age specific focused online safety lesson every half term. Project Evolve is linked to the UK Council for Internet Safety’s (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World”.
Click on the links for more information.