Purpose of study
Preparing children for an ever increasingly digital world is critical to giving children transferable skills which will support them in later life. At St. Nicholas, we ensure children are able to use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication. We teach children how to stay safe online and how to use technology to enhance their and others’ lives.
When children leave Norton St Nicholas they will:
Our teaching of Computing is blocked to allow children to develop their skills consistently over the course of a week or two in each half term. Over the course of the block, Chromebooks will be used for learning computing skills that develop the children’s knowledge and understanding of the key concepts outlined above. Children will also use Chromebooks across throughout the year for cross-curricular activities such as research, maths and word processing.
E-Safety is at the core of every computing session and is revisited every year at the beginning of the academic year and during E-Safety week (usually around March). It also links with our PSHE curriculum.
We use Kapow Primary for planning discrete computing sessions. This excellent resource gives children an exposure to a wide range of software and ensures they are having opportunities to become respectful and knowledgeable digital citizens. Kapow Primary helps to fulfil our aim that children will use a range of software for different purposes, much like pupils will experience later in life. https://www.kapowprimary.com/subjects/computing/
We also use Google Classroom as a starting point for learning across the curriculum, and set work for children using this, especially in KS2.