Computing is taught across the school as a subject in its own right with three distinct strands: Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) and Digital Safety (also covered in PSHCE lessons).
From Year 1 through to Year 6, we teach the Computing National Curriculum by following the Teach Computing scheme of work. In their Computing lessons, the children learn how to create digital media (e.g. draw in Year 1, make music in Year 2, design posters in Year 3 and websites in Year 6), how to edit photos and videos (in Year 4) and how to program (using Floor Robots and Scratch Junior in Key Stage One and Scratch in Key Stage Two). Through this experience of Computing, the children also learn how to keep themselves safe when using digital devices and digital media of any form.
As well as being taught as a subject in its own right, the children have opportunities to participate in lessons where Computing is used to support and accelerate learning in other areas of the curriculum. For example, the children use IPads for phonics, handwriting and times tables support and scientific, geographical and historical research throughout the school. In Year 6, the children also use the IPads to record their own World War Two-inspired poetry.
Ultimately, we want the children at St Mark's to leave primary school equipped with the Computing knowledge, skills and confidence they need to thrive in the modern digital world.