Our vision at Gunter Primary School is to provide a safe, inclusive environment which supports all pupils to develop their computational thinking and creativity to develop a broad, rich understanding of technology and its’ use in a diversely connected world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computation thinking and creativity to understand and contribute to the world around them. Our curriculum aim is to provide a wealth of opportunities for the development of knowledge, skills and understanding to enable children to develop high aspirations and fulfil their personal aims within the subject area of computing as well as across all other areas of the curriculum through a cross-curricular approach that is broad and balanced.
Gunter Primary School’s syllabus for teaching computing is underpinned by the National Curriculum with the aims of:
We use a programme of study throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 called Teach Computing Curriculum. It is based on the latest pedagogical research and endorsed by the National Computing Centre for Excellence (NCCE). Our aspirational programme of study strives to develop each child’s depth and breadth of learning within the three key strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Furthermore, children will have opportunities to apply their knowledge, understanding and skills through a variety of cross-curricular projects including science, mathematics, art, music and design technology.
Keeping children safe in education and online safety is paramount at Gunter Primary School. Our computing syllabus provides opportunities for children to learn how to balance the benefits offered by technology with an awareness of the risks from their own and others’ online behaviour. Children are able to develop effective strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online as part of our online safety offering, which includes Teach Computing Curriculum, PSHE (SCARF Curriculum), Safer Internet Day and visits from local Police Community Support Officers (PCSO).
How Computing is Taught Across our School
At Gunter, our computing curriculum has been arranged into five main threads of learning:
Computing is taught discretely within a spiral curriculum and where possible links are made with our creative, science and maths curriculum to further enhance learning opportunities for children.
Note: Order of units for each year group may be subject to change.
Technology around us
Moving a robot
Introduction to animation
Information technology around us
Events and actions in programs
Repetition in shapes
Repetition in games
Fact file database
Selection in computing
Selection in quizzes
Variables in games
Unfortunately not the ones with chocolate chips.
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