Help is at hand for primary schools

EducationCity has launched its new computing module to help Key Stages 1 and 2 meet the new national computing curriculum

The module includes interactive multimedia activities, lesson plans and topic tools to help primary schools meet the new national curriculum objectives for computing from September 2014.

To make this new subject manageable for teachers, the module has been organised into three distinct areas – computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Key Stage 2 is also split into lower and upper levels to help teachers differentiate the objectives. 

For computer science, EducationCity has developed the Code Crunch programming tool which helps children explore and understand how code is structured and the results that can be achieved by writing their own simple lines of instruction. Featured tutorials help teachers get to grips with delivering coding lessons and pupils can follow suggested activity plans targeted at their ability or use their imagination to create their own outcomes.

Information technology looks at the application and uses of technology in terms of how it impacts their day-to-day lives and the world around them. Multimedia activities include making a newsletter, editing documents and changing fonts and sizes. They are supported by further resources with step-by-step instructions to help pupils explore topics at their own pace.

Digital literacy explores the safe and responsible use of technology and educates young people on the importance of staying safe online.

James Lison, Senior Producer at EducationCity said, “In September computing will become one of the foundation subjects alongside maths, English and science. Every job now involves some level of technology and this curriculum will give primary pupils the basic skills and head start they need for the rest of their lives. The EducationCity computing module will help teachers to allay any concerns with teaching this new subject and with specific aspects such as coding.”