"Everyone should know how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think!"

- Steve Jobs 

Primary Computing Curriculum - planning guidance - iComputeComputing at Sandy Hill


Mission Statement:

‘Aspiring to achieve, determined to succeed’


The computing curriculum at Sandy Hill provides pupils with opportunities to build creativity whilst developing their skills in computational thinking. In an ever-changing digital world, it is important to equip pupils with the necessary skills for the future workplace as well as ensuring a sound understanding of safety online. Throughout the course of their primary computing education, each year, pupils will be taught from the three strands of the computing curriculum; computer science, information technology and digital literacy.

We aim to:

  • Ensure explicit teaching of online safety through the digital literacy strand, whilst embedding online safety awareness across the curriculum
  • Nurture curiosity in an ever-changing digital world  
  • Develop an understanding of subject specific computing vocabulary
  • Provide all children with practical experiences to apply, analyse and evaluate skills in computing across all three strands
  • Celebrate mistakes in order to enhance resilience and self-motivation leading to greater well-being in every child
  • Provide opportunities for cross-curricular use of ICT
In Nursery we have been learning to use the interactive whiteboard to enhance our maths and mark making experiences. The children have really enjoyed learning how to use the different tools on smart notebook to make marks, erase marks and change the pen colour! The children have also enjoyed completing interactive maths games.
"I did my name on the screen!" Nursery child, aged 4.
"I can see the number 3 on the board." Nursery child, aged 3.
Year 1
In Year 1 this term we have focused on digital literacy and online safety. We have discussed the information that is and isn't safe to share online, what we would do if something online upset us and how we use the internet safely. 
"When I use my tablet at home I stay in the front room so that my mummy and daddy can help me if something goes wrong." Year 1, age 5.
"You don't share your real name or where you live because you don't do that to a stranger and people on games are strangers." Year 1, age 6.
Year 2
Year 2 have focussed on Digital Literacy and Internet Safety this term. We looked at who we can turn to for support if something happens online that we are uncomfortable with. We also learnt about the importance of using passwords to protect important information.
We created our own avatars as part of our learning around online identity. We talked about how easy it is to hide who you are online.
"If I see something online that I don't like I will tell a grown up so that they can report the problem." Year 2 pupil, age 7.
Year 3
In Year 3, we have been covering digital literacy to ensure are aware of the risks of being online and learning ways of being responsible and keeping our-self safe online.  We have also been learning to confidently use the chrome-books to support our learning across the curriculum. 
'You should never be unkind to people online'.  Year 3 child, age 7. 
'If I am worried about anything I have seen online I would tell my Mum and Dad.' Year 3 child, age 8. 
Year 4
During the Autumn Term, Year 4 children have covered Digital Literacy and Information Technology. They learnt about staying safe whilst using the internet and made avatars that they might use in an online game. In information technology, they have learnt how to save, copy and paste images, format images and spellcheck on Google Slides. They researched one of our Recommended Reads authors, Nicola Davies, to use this as a stimulus.
"Ctrl+alt+right click is so handy!!" - A light bulb moment from a Year 4 pupil, aged 9. 
"Some information should be kept private (online and in real life) and I feel like I know how to deal with online situations well." - Year 4 pupil, aged 8. 
Year 5
In Computing in Year 5 we have been learning all about how to be a positive online citizen. We have learnt how to respond to concerning messages online, how to use the internet safely and appropriately and also how and why images might want to be altered before sharing.
"I have learnt about online safety this term and how to block and report mean messages online." Year 5 pupil, aged 9.
Year 6
In Year 6, we have been learning digital literacy skills - such as how to create a positive online reputation. We use the school ChromeBooks and Google Classroom to complete this learning.
"In computing we have learned how to respond to concerning messages and what personal things are appropriate to share online" Year 6 pupils
Wider Curriculum 
Useful websites
Teaching and Learning Principles
Computing Curriculum Overview
Skills Progression - Computing
Below is the Curriculum maps for Years 1 - 6 and the skills progression across one of the Computing strands, Digital Literacy. See also some Digital Literacy learning in action (video).

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