Here you can find out what kind of digital learning is on offer in Sheffield’s primary schools.
In 2014, the government introduced a new Computing curriculum into primary schools, replacing the previous ICT (Information and Communications Technology) curriculum. Pupils should now be learning about coding from as young as five, as well as routine digital skills like how to word-process documents and how to create presentation slides.
You can see what is covered in the national curriculum here:
Some primary schools in Sheffield have Code Clubs – a national network of computing clubs for 9-13 year-olds backed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation and run by volunteers.
CoderDojo is an international network of volunteer-led coding clubs for those aged 7-17 years old. We are not aware of any running in Sheffield yet but there are discussions to get some going.
Support for Teachers
Sheffield benefits from a team of technology experts called the Sheffield eLearning Service. They are part of Learn Sheffield – a collaboration of Sheffield schools and colleges with Sheffield City Council. They work with a large number of primary schools across the city, supporting teachers in delivering the Computing curriculum including giving access to resources, training and equipment. In addition, they offer specialist advice and training in how to use technology to help those with special educational needs and how to keep children safe online.
The Discovery STEM Educational Centre at Kelham Island also offers training and support for teachers, particularly around robotics.
At a national level, there is new support for primary school teachers to deliver the computing curriculum. In the latter part of 2018, the government set up the National Centre for Computing Education to support teachers with face-to-face and online training, certification and resources including the following courses:
- Outstanding teaching of key stage 1 computing
- Outstanding teaching of key stage 2 computing
- Primary programming and algorithms
For peer-to-peer support, teachers can also attend the South Yorkshire Primary Computing At School (CAS) Hub meetings, part of the national CAS Network. Meetings are typically hosted by CAS Primary Lead Schools which in Sheffield are:
- Dore Primary School
- St Wilfred’s Catholic Primary School
- Wybourn Community Primary School
If you are not sure what is happening in your child’s primary school about digital learning, we hope you will use the information above to ask someone from the school’s leadership team. We are always keen to understand what is happening in Sheffield’s schools, so please get in touch.
If you are really interested in what is happening about computing in schools generally, you can find out more in this very helpful blog written by Chris Dymond from local employer association Sheffield Digital who went to the national Computing Schools Delivery Group meeting in November 2018. Read more…