- Year 4 have been busy coding
Computing at London Fields Primary
At London Fields, we follow the National Curriculum for Computing, delivering a high-quality computing education to create active participants in a digital world. Informed by developments in ICT and best practice nationally, we teach pupils to use their computational and creative thinking to solve problems; to use ICT to communicate effectively and to become digitally literate, preparing them for their future place in the twenty-first-century workplace.
How is Computing taught at London Fields?
Children from Years 1-6 study a number of Computing topics throughout the year. Each topic is carefully planned to ensure pupils gather knowledge while also developing the essential characteristics of a coder and user of technology. Each Computing topic builds upon the knowledge learned in previous years and topics so that pupils develop a conceptual understanding of the key 'big ideas' in Computing. These are:
- Computer Science: Children learn to create, debug and follow simple algorithms; to understand inputs and outputs; to use both coding hardware and software and to understand computer networks, including the internet.
- Digital Literacy: Children learn to instinctively apply their digital skills to a range of technology, recognising the common uses of technology both inside and outside school. They learn how to be safe, responsible users of technology. They are taught to recognise and report unsafe practices and to understand how to keep personal information safe online.
- Information Technology: Children learn to use appropriate software to create, store, retrieve and manipulate digital content.
How can you help your child at home?
As with all subjects, the more practice your child has with using technology, the more accomplished they will become. You could:
- Sign up to your local library, where there are computer banks which your child can use free of charge
- With your child, use the internet to research your child’s interests, discussing how to carry out an effective and safe search.
- Download ‘scratch’ from https://scratch.mit.edu/ - free coding software suitable for Key Stage 2.
- Download free iPad apps such as ‘hopscotch’ to help your child code.
- Log on to Khan Academy at https://www.khanacademy.org/computing for hundreds of free computing ideas. You can make your own algorithms, learn about cryptography, and watch videos about how the internet works and ancient computing.
There are dozens of brilliant online safety resources online. Here are just a few we recommend. Do check the pages beforehand to make sure that they are suitable for the age of your child.