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St Mary's Catholic Primary School

St Mary's Catholic
Primary School

Computing

Statement of intent:

In the ever changing and developing technological world in which we live, it is imperative that children receive a high-quality computing education. Children need to be digitally literate; able to express their ideas and manage themselves in a digital world.

In a world where technology changes rapidly – where programs/software become obsolete in a matter of years – equipping children with computing skills (programming, debugging, systematic problem solving) that transcend the technology is vital.

The subject leader for Computing is Mr. Cook.

Threshold Concepts

Threshold concepts are the ‘big ideas’ that shape students’ thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and students will gradually increase their understanding of them.

  • Code

    This concept involves developing an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences.

  • Connect

    This concept involves developing an understanding of how to safely connect with others.

  • Communicate

    This concept involves using apps to communicate one’s ideas.

  • Collect

    This concept involves developing an understanding of databases and their uses.

Home Learning

Scratch Tutorial - Learn to use Scratch and make programs.

 

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  • Scratch Try out coding for yourself with Scratch - the program most commonly used in schools.

  • Code.org A series of lessons to hone your programming skills.

Online Safety

These resources are here to support parents and carers to keep their children safe online:

Thinkuknow provides advice from the National Crime Agency (NCA) on staying safe online

 

Parent info is a collaboration between Parentzone and the NCA providing support and guidance for parents from leading experts and organisations

 

Childnet offers a toolkit to support parents and carers of children of any age to start discussions about their online life, to set boundaries around online behaviour and technology use, and to find out where to get more help and support

 

Internet matters provides age-specific online safety checklists, guides on how to set parental controls on a range of devices, and a host of practical tips to help children get the most out of their digital world

 

London Grid for Learning has support for parents and carers to keep their children safe online, including tips to keep primary aged children safe online

 

Net-aware has support for parents and carers from the NSPCC, including a guide to social networks, apps and games

 

Let’s Talk About It has advice for parents and carers to keep children safe from online radicalisation

 

UK Safer Internet Centre has tips, advice, guides and other resources to help keep children safe online, including parental controls offered by home internet providers and safety tools on social networks and other online services

Online Safety

 

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