A thorough grounding in computing to build digital proficiency is vital for every child.

At St Ives School we ensure that every pupil is fully equipped with the foundations of computing that they will need for the rest of their lives.

Computing provides opportunities to use logic, computational thinking, creativity, resourcefulness and ingenuity in real life, to solve problems, design systems and appreciate the powers and limits of human and machine intelligence.

Through the computing curriculum, children will design, debug and build programs, learn how computers and computer systems work, develop their ideas using technology, and create a range of content. We aim for them to become digitally literate, responsible and safe digital citizens who are equipped to embrace a fast-paced and evolving digital world. Computing at St Ives from Years 1 to 6 involves 7 areas of learning:

7 themes in St Ives Computing Curriculum

Computational thinking

Computer Science foundations - algorithm, abstraction, decomposition, logical reasoning and patterns


Computer Science - planning, writing, testing computer programmes for digital devices

Computer Nuts and Bolts

Computer Science - how digital technology works 'behind the scenes’

Online presentation, Communication and Collaboration.

Making the most of computers and the internet for working collaboratively, communicating and sharing/presenting

Media, Creativity and Programme Application

Creating and refining digital content using digital tools across a range of media and using a variety of software

Data and graphical modelling

Collecting and analyzing data using computers; organising, manipulating and presenting this to an audience


Digital Citizenship - Being safe and responsible digital citizens, awareness of digital footprint

All children from Nursery to Year 6 get a lesson a week of Computing. It is our aim that many skills taught in the lessons described above are transferable to other curriculum areas, supporting learning across the spectrum and helping pupils build connections to see their education as a cohesive whole.

Technology is embedded throughout the curriculum at St Ives and is viewed as a powerful tool for teaching and learning. The school has 2 full class sets of iPads which are used regularly to support the teaching of a variety of subjects. Additionally, classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and audio-visual equipment. The children have opportunities to make use of different forms of technology within lessons, including digital voice recorders, digital cameras, video conferencing cameras and camcorders. The school also has a dedicated, purpose-built computer suite to further reinforce our commitment to digital education.

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