Technology has become an essential part of our lives and the computing curriculum has been designed to prepare and teach children about how technology can make a difference to the world.

At Franche Primary School, children are taught the essential elements of computing; digital literacy, information technology and computer science (see definitions below) which are fully embedded within exciting and relevant cross-curricular topics. These have been developed to meet the needs of the children and introduces children to a wide range of skills and problems.

Through guided tasks, children are taught to use algorithms, sequence, debug and problem solve using a range of software and apps. Above all, the most important element of the computing curriculum is teaching children to use computer equipment and the internet safely. Safe and responsible use is planned into every unit of work and children are given clear messages on how to protect themselves online. The school has a comprehensive e-safety policy which can be found in the E-safety section of this website. The policy includes age appropriate acceptable use agreements that all children and adults working in the school are asked to sign. These agreements outline what is considered appropriate behaviour and have been written in collaboration with the school council. In addition to this, e-safety messages are shared with the children during e-safety week and through assemblies.

Computer Science

 

  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs

 

Information Technology

  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content

Digital Literacy

 

  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • learn to challenge and question information on the internet for it’s validity
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.

 

The links below will assist you in understanding the curriculum progression and development of skills across the year bands here at Franche. As well as this, there is a link to some useful terminology and an example of work from Year 3’s Scratch lessons.

 

Fed up with all that computing jargon – check out this helpsheet!

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