Computing - Implement
At Stella Maris Catholic School we use a custom written and designed curriculum at is aimed to meet the needs and skills of our children. We have used the research of Computing At School to drive the theory and philosophy behind our curriculum decision. Our curriculum is divided across three main learning areas, Computer Sciences, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Our approach to computing sciences is to use the Discovery Education Coding Scheme, which introduces children to progressively complex coding and programming skills, mainly focusing on block coding. This resource also allows identifying gifted and talented children from across the school and challenging them with real world programming languages such as HTML and Python. Information Technology is introduced and taught using real world programs and software such as Microsoft Office suite for word processing needs, garage band and audacity for music creation and paint, paint3d and Photoshop for image creation and manipulation. In EYFS and KS1, learning is also supported through the use of 2simple. Digital Literacy has a large empathise on online safety and the correct attitudes towards technology. We also take the time to teach about the importance of self-protection and privacy in Digital Literacy. Learning in this area is support by the resources of CEOP and ThinkuKnow as well as Childnet.