In September 2014, the Computing Curriculum in Primary schools changed. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Stondon Lower, we follow the Rising Stars 'Switched on Computing' scheme of work. Computing skills are taught discretely on a weekly basis but where possible will permeate across other curriculum subjects. Children in EYFS and KS1 are able to put their programming skills into practice using programmable Bee Bots and simple programming software such as 2Go and 2Code. Whilst children in KS2 learn program and create their own games through coding on websites such as Scratch.
The internet is now an integral part of all our lives, for adults and children. At Stondon Lower, we place high emphasis on our children knowing how to be safe using ICT both at home and in school.