Our aim is for pupils to become digitally literate; understand the fundamentals of computer science and how these can be used to solve problems. We also teach our children to be responsible ICT users.
Ark Castledown Primary Academy follows the National Curriculum for Computing and in line with this, approximately half of children's lessons focus on programming and coding. This ensures that our children will be equipped with the skills they will need for the workplace of the future. We use Purple Mash to deliver the programming and coding elements of the curriculum.
The scheme of work provides pupils the opportunity to develop IT skills that we use in everyday life and now to code/program things such as games, which prepares children for an ever-personalised ‘E-world’.
The children also enjoy regular cross-curricular opportunities to put their ICT skills into practice, for example creating a presentation in English or interpreting graphs in mathematics or science. Children also develop key Microsoft Office skills and use other electronic devices including cameras and microphones, the content of which can then be edited on laptops. Throughout their time at Ark Castledown, children are be taught Online Safety and learn how to keep themselves safe folowing the Castledown Online Safety scheme.
Each year group focuses upon the common computing and ICT themes of:
- Using Technology
- Algorithms and Programing
- Online safety
- Communicating and Presenting
An overview of the areas taught can be seen here: