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What does 'Computing' mean?


There are three clear aspects of the Primary Computing Curriculum:


  • Computer Science (CS),
  • Information Technology (IT) 
  • Digital Literacy (DL)


The core of computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use Information Technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also 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. ( CAS Primary Computing )

Primary Computing National Curriculum

How is this taught at Alumwell Junior School?


Schools have the freedom to decide how much time they spend on any aspect of the programme of study, and there’s no implication that the number of bullet points or words should be proportional to the time spent on any aspect, as long as pupils have been taught all the content by the end of the key stage 2.  To suit our themed curriculum, we have modified the published scheme ‘Switched on Computing’, the unit titles of which can be downloaded below.  All units have been colour coded in order to map the main focus relating to the National Curriculum.


In addition to these units we offer further authentic projects that promote opportunities for cooperation and creativity.


Examples of projects include:


  • Use a variety of iPad apps to produce a series of ‘how to’ video clips in order to support younger pupils in mathematics,
  • Create a 3D virtual art gallery in Sketch Up to showcase finished pieces of work in an art topic,
  • Storyboard, script and ‘green screen’ nature documentary highlighting the plight of endangered species,
  • Developing a website to demonstrate how to use the web safely, respectfully and responsibly,
  • Record and animate their own Shakespearean compositions using a variety of iPad apps.

Year 4 Computer Art

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Year 4 used MSW Logo, a programming software to design and create stunning flowers.

Year 5 Computer Art

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As part of their topic 'Landscapes', Year 5 created beautiful art in the Pointillism style.

The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 3 to 6

If you require a paper copy of any curriculum information, please contact the school office.

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