Resource: Switched on Computing

Teachers and primary schools in England agonising how they are going to teach computing to their pupils from September 2014 now have the option to buy a complete curriculum package, thanks to Rising Stars Education, written by Miles Berry.

The Key Stage 1 and 2 units cover all the computing curriculum requirements, being split into activities and challenges for each year group within the primary setting. The teachers’ pack provides support for all levels of experience with software demos and detailed step-by-step planning. It also embeds e-safety to ensure safe and responsible use of technology.

wpid-Photo-20140322153821.jpgLaunched at the Education Show in Birmingham, the managing director and founder of Rising Stars, Andrea Carr told an audience that she was delighted with the new scheme, thanking the efforts of her team and the author. Dave Smith, ICT and curriculum advisor at London’s Havering Borough commented,

Technology continues to be a massive growth industry worldwide and it’s crucial that we make sure children’s existing familiarity with Computer Science is underpinned by a solid understanding of the practical applications of technology. Switched on Computing provides primary school teachers, who may not be entirely comfortable teaching many of the aspect of the new Programme of Study, with a well-structured range of dynamic activities and a comprehensive list of topics with open source (free) or existing software. Switched on Computing enriches ICT education by the most affordable yet innovative means possible.

The resources also include 60-second walk-through demonstrations which show how to use unfamiliar free software. Speaking to UKEdChat, author Miles Berry explained his rationale behind developing the resource:

[pullquote]The scheme provides broad and balanced coverage of all aspects of computing[/pullquote]“Rather than starting from a blank sheet, we’ve built on the already successful Switched on ICT, revising or rewriting many of these units, but adding in new units to meet all the requirements of the new Programme of Study. The scheme provides broad and balanced coverage of all aspects of computing, generally through the context of creative projects with a cross-curricular focus. Recommended software is usually free and often web-based, and there’s the flexibility needed for teachers to adapt this to suit their curriculum and their, and their pupils’, particular interests.”

Click on an age group below to explore the contents for each year group:

  • Year 1 (Pupils aged 5-6) – Click here to view.
  • Year 2 (Pupils aged 6-7) – Click here to view.
  • Year 3 (Pupils aged 7-8) – Click here to view.
  • Year 4 (Pupils aged 8-9) – Click here to view.
  • Year 5 (Pupils aged 9-10) – Click here to view.
  • Year 6 (Pupils aged 10-11) – Click here to view.
  • The Complete Programme – Click here to view.

Teachers wanting to incorporate iPads further into the English and Maths curriculum will also be interested in the Switched on iPad resource, also available. Click here to view.

Alternatively, view the overview below (click here to open in PDF)



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