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Computing

Co-ordinator - Mr Ellis

Intent

Technology is an integral part of modern society and is an influential part of our everyday lives. Children are increasingly adept at using a variety of modern technologies and use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. At Great Sankey Primary we endeavour to provide a curriculum that develops positive attitudes towards modern technologies as well as embedding fundamental skills and deeper understanding.

Implementation

The Computing programme of study introduced in the 2014 curriculum has a greater onus on programming skills rather than children merely being able to operate a program. In KS1 children will now learn to write and test simple programs, and to organise, store and retrieve data. During KS2 they will begin to learn about computer networks and the internet.

We are currently following the Knowsley City Learning Centre's scheme of work to support our teaching of the Computing Curriculum; this teaches the children to use a wide range of current software and apps. We also endeavour to further hone computing skills by incorporating the use of technology across the whole curriculum.

We are fortunate enough to have a wide range of technology available to our children. We have a number of laptops, chromebooks, android tabelts and iPads available for use by both key stages, as well as a number of hand-held tablets for our Foundation Stage learners. We also endeavour to use the wider range of facilities and resources of our TCAT partner schools. This allows our children to have a wealth of positive experiences and will enable them to become digitally responsible citizens.

Impact

Before leaving GSP, children will be digitally literate across a range of mediums and will have had positive experiences that will stand them in good stead in the future. Children will be well aware of the dangers of the online world and will be able to make decisions that will keep them safe. Children are assessed alongside Milestones documents to ensure coverage of all national curriculum objectives. 

If you would like to see what we have been doing in our Computing lessons, please click on the Twitter icon below.

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Code Club

Coding is a vital part of the national curriculum and is increasingly important in the modern world. Here are some websites that are used during Coding Club sessions that children can use at home to further enhance their experience, knowledge and expertise in coding. 

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Click on the image to visit the Code Club website.

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Click on the image to visit the Hour of Code website.

E-Safety

In a growing digital age, E-Safety is of paramount importance. At GSP we ensure that children are aware of the potential dangers of the internet. E-Safety discussions take place each time children are given access to the internet, as well as dedicated E-Safety lessons, visits from PCSO’s and involvement in nationwide schemes such as Safer Internet Day.

ThinkUKnow and the CEOP website are two very valuable websites that allow children to report any issues or concerns about E-Safety as well as providing a range of information that will help to keep children safe and informed. Click on the images to the right and below to visit these websites. 

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Click on the image to visit the ThinkUKnow website.

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Click on the image to visit the CEOP website.

Here are some important documents relating to the Computing Curriculum at GSP, you will find the Computing and E-Safety Policies, the skills progression document and also the Milestone documents for each phase. 

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