Computing Curriculum

This year children will have their weekly curriculum lessons in our brand new library and ICT suite, The Old Curiosity Shop.

The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.

  • Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.
  • Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
  • Computer science helps children of all ages to understand how computers and networks work. 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 programmes by Year 6, using programming software such as Scratch or Kodu.

Lessons also include regular teaching of e-safety to ensure that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.

At Charles Dickens we use Rising Stars Switched on Computing as the basis of our weekly Computing lessons. Each half term has a different focus, shared by all the year groups but with progressively more complex outcomes and contexts. Please click here for an overview of the units.