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Our new Computing curriculum helps learners understand how computers work. This stimulating course gives students the opportunity to look inside a computer to understand the purpose of different components. They will develop coding skills on visual programming languages, such as Scratch, and learn that computers can only perform actions that humans ask them to do.
Students develop the computational thinking skills and vocabulary they need to:
Schools that are looking to develop learners’ skills on how to use computers and stay safe online might consider Cambridge Primary Digital Literacy.
Our Computing curriculum is divided into five strands:
You can teach Cambridge Primary Computing using a broad range of activities and contexts. We have included plenty of opportunities for learners to investigate and create programs using the constructs that they discover, and we encourage you to revisit activities such as programming animations, quizzes and games throughout each stage. Our support materials include Scratch code extracts for learners to investigate, change, enhance and learn from what they see.
Activities that enable learners to sequence instructions away from the computer, such as card sorting tasks, will help them to consider and discuss the key principles of logic and precision.
Opportunities to see and interact with real networked hardware and other machines, both new and old, will help learners to understand the context of computers beyond those that they use in the classroom or at home.
There are no Cambridge Primary Progression Tests or Cambridge Primary Checkpoint Tests for this subject.
The emphasis is for teachers to give learners formative feedback on the skills they want students to develop. This can be through discussion, observation and lesson outputs where teachers discuss with students ‘what went well’ and how they can improve further, so that students can reflect on, and improve, their performance.
To support assessment in the classroom, we have produced some guidance that is available on the Cambridge Primary support site.
Visit our Cambridge Primary support site to download a wide range of resources to help you plan and deliver the course:
We also work with a range of third-party publishers to produce high-quality endorsed resources to support this framework.
To find out more about the Cambridge Primary programme, download our brochure (PDF, 1MB).
Computing is free of charge to registered Cambridge schools that offer Cambridge Primary. If you are already registered with us, you can start teaching the programme immediately. If you are interested in becoming a Cambridge school complete our Expression of Interest form.