Computing – Miss S. Burbridge

At Cotteridge Primary School, we believe it is important for children to develop skills in all areas of Computing in a cross curricular way to equip them for the future as active participants in the digital world.

Working in liaison with Entrust Education Technologies, we follow their updated scheme of work, which is in line with the National Curriculum for Computing.

The curriculum is split into three strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. At the core of the computing curriculum is computer science, in which pupils develop their understanding of information and computation, how digital systems work and programming. With this knowledge, pupils are better equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of digital content. Knowledge and understanding is built upon year on year across each of the strands, equipping pupils to become digitally literate by using and developing their ideas through ICT.

When teaching online safety, we follow the Project Evolve toolkit which is based on the UKCIS framework; ‘Education for a Connected World’. This covers knowledge, skills, behaviours and attitudes across eight strands of our online lives, ensuring that children are taught appropriate content which encourages the opportunity for discussion and reflection.

We have a cross curricular approach to teaching computing, making strong links with the topics studied in each year group throughout the school. However, some units of work, particularly coding, may be taught through discrete computing lessons.