Message from Mrs Laycock & Mrs Londesborough
Welcome to the Computing page of our website. We are both passionate about Computing and co-ordinate this subject jointly.
We recognise the increasingly important place of Computing in our society. We believe that Computing prepares children for an unknown, but tech-dominated, future. 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that don't yet exist! Children here at Lydiate love Computing lessons and all receive at least one hour every week dedicated to the explicit teaching of Computing skills.
Our Vision for Computing
At Lydiate Primary, Computing has always been regarded as having a very important place in the National Curriculum. From passionate teachers, particularly the dedicated HLTA, to driven children who enthuse about their lessons and their projects and are eager to follow their skills outside of lesson times, there is a real buzz about the subject.
We believe that:
- The Computing curriculum should meet the needs of all pupils, regardless of ability, culture or background.
- Children deserve a curriculum rich with opportunities and experiences, to allow them to develop a deep understanding of the digital world.
- Partnership with parents has a valuable role to play in addressing the education of all pupils. The extensive use of digital devices away from school means that educating parents in the appropriate use of technology and e-safety is essential.
- Relevant resources should be used to complement the specific needs of individual pupils, engage them and encourage them to apply their learning.
- School plays a vital role in the development of a child's self-esteem, including how they perceive themselves and interact with others online.
- Pupils have an important role to play in decisions regarding their education.
- Pupils should be encouraged to recognise their own strengths.
- Pupils should be encouraged to appreciate their own uniqueness and the uniqueness of their peers.
- Pupils need regular encouragement and praise if they are to become confident, motivated and independent learners.
- We believe that the above philosophies can only be successfully practised through a whole school approach.
Key Knowledge in Computing EYFS to Year 6
Begin to control beebots, understand algorithms & instructions, how to use a keypad/keyboard to control a cursor, how to navigate around a screen, gain confidence in making selections and choices, how to use paint tools to create electronic images and patterns, understand what programmable devices are, know to tell an adult if something feels wrong online.
The Computing Curriculum at Lydiate Primary
These overviews detail the content of the Computing curriculum, linked to National Curriculum objectives and skill progression documents used by Lydiate Primary School. We use a variety of resources including the online programme Purple Mash. This can be used at home so encourage your child to share with you the projects that they are working on in school.
This year, 2021-2022, we are following Cycle B.