A high-quality computing education equips pupils to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity, including by making links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. Computing at Churchfields Junior School is comprised of six strands, uniquely tailored to our school, using real-world examples and software that’s used in the IT industry. Children return to each strand every year, learning new skills, developing their understanding in greater depth and linking their work with online safety.
Autumn 1 – Programming
With a core focus on computer science, the first half term of each year teaches the children how to code. They design animations, develop software and plan and create complex games. Starting with the Scratch coding software before moving to the Python coding language by Year 6.
Autumn 2 – Computational Thinking
Elements of computer science continue with a new emphasis on logical thinking and problem solving. The children debug code, develop solutions to problems, crack codes and ciphers, and solve mathematical problems using technology.
Spring 1 – Creativity
Content creation joins computer science, with an emphasis on using technology to create digital work. Children create video presentations, musical compositions, digital artwork and digital adverts.
Spring 2 – Networks
Children begin to study how technology is used to connect the world. They learn how search engines work, how to use HTML to create webpages, how to develop websites and how networks operate.
Summer 1 – Communication
Digital technology allows people to communicate and share their ideas, and this is the focus of the communication strand. It ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. The children email other schools, sharing ideas and collaborating on projects. They author online blogs and create printed books for different audiences.
Summer 2 – Presenting Data
Children learn how to collect, interpret and present data. Creating online surveys, collecting meteorological data, presenting a weather forecast, designing a 3D art gallery to display their artwork and become travel writers and charting their real-life adventures.