At Dundale Nursery and Primary School, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of Computing and Digital Technology is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for education and employment. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Online Safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, digital technology. These skills are taught and revisited repeatedly through Early Years, Key Stage One and KeyStage Two c to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
Content of each year for every Computing:
We follow the Purple Mash scheme for Computing which ensures each Year’s teaching builds upon the last with clear progression in skills, knowledge and vocabulary.
To learn about the progression of skills across the year groups please refer to the following document.
To learn about the progression of vocabulary across the year groups please refer to the following documents, they are seperated into year groups.
Computing is referred to in the Early Years Foundation Stage under Understanding of the World: Technology. There is a clear progression of skills and knowledge from birth to age 5, Dundale Nursery and Primary School refer to the Development Matters Document for the teaching of Computing alongside the purple mash resources.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
Pupils should be taught to:
understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
create and debug simple programs
use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies
Pupils should be taught to:
design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
understand computer networks, including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
Parents can find out more by following the links below.
Online Safety policy 2020: This is available on the school website at https://www.dundale.herts.sch.uk/policies/