Computing combines three related but different subjects: computer science, digital literacy, and information technology.
Computer Science is the scientific and practical approach to computation and its applications. It is the core concepts that are used in all areas of computing, including networks, computers, data, programs and algorithms. At St Bon's we teach Purple Mash coding blocks from Year 1 to Year 4, and real-language coding with Swift in Years 5 and 6.
Digital Literacy is the knowledge, skills and behaviours used in digital devices which are seen as a network. It includes important knowledge of online safety, and is linked to PSHME. Please look at the resources on the Online Safety page for tips and advice on how to help your children with online safety at home.
Information Technology is about using computers to present, edit and communicate data. At St Bon's these skills are practised and improved across many subjects as part of our cross-curriculum themes, using and combining programs to produce and present content for different audiences.
The BBC's free online study resources, with very clear explanations and videos for all of KS1 and KS2 Computing. An excellent place to start learning about computing concepts.
Wikipedia with shorter sentences and simpler words and grammar, for children and people who find it harder to learn or read. Their articles are great for children to learn computing concepts and vocabulary. With supervision, they can edit these articles to show off their knowledge and experience presenting content for the web, for the world to see!Purple Mash
At St Bon's we use Purple Mash to teach coding, email, algorithms and much more. There are interactive and creative activities to help learn subjects across the computing curriculum as well as English, maths, science, PSHME and our Topic curriculum. Your child will have a login for the St Bon's portal.Codecademy
There are a lot of technical terms which can come up in Computing. Here's a glossary which may come in handy in conversations with your children.