Computing at London Fields
At London Fields, we follow the New 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?
The computing curriculum covers four main strands:
1. Computer Science (Coding)
Children are taught to create, debug and follow simple algorithms; to understand inputs and outputs; to understand computer networks, including the internet.
2. Information Technology
Children are taught to use appropriate word processing software to create, store, retrieve and manipulate digital content.
3. Digital Literacy
Children are taught to instinctively apply their digital skills to a range of technology, recognising the common uses of technology both inside and outside school.
4. Online Safety
Children are taught how to be responsible, safe users of technology. They are taught to recognise and report unsafe practices and to understand how to keep private information safe online.
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 years 5 and 6.
- 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.