The children are taught computing through purposeful links with other subjects and stand alone learning following the Knowsley CLC scheme of work. We have an ICT suite in school and children have access to ICT in their classrooms via portable equipment.
Our computing curriculum is split into to four strands: E-Safety, Computer science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
- E-safety focuses on ensuring children feel confident when using computers and the internet and are able to identify and minimize risk to themselves.
- Computer Science enables children to develop their coding and debugging skills as well as their logical reasoning to work with variables and various forms of input and output. It gives all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programs by Year 6, using programming software such as Scratch or Kodu.
- Information Technology gives children the capabilities to work with a variety of software and technologies to complete specific projects. Children will develop their abilities to evaluate software and select the most appropriate tools for completing different assignments.
- Digital literacy concerns the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology. It also involves the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
At St Albert’s we use the Knowsley City Learning Centres (CLC) scheme of Work. We also access support from Knowsley CLC to deliver specialist ICT teaching. Each unit has a different focus, shared by all the year groups but with progressively more complex outcomes and contexts.
The children have access to the ICT equipment throughout the school day and via after school clubs. We have also subscribed to a number of app/programs for school and home use and these are regularly reviewed.