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Published by Hayley Enright for Livewire Public Relations in Education

EducationCity launches its new computing module for primary schools EducationCity launches its new computing module for primary schools

EducationCity, leading provider of e-learning resources for primary schools, has today launched its new computing module for Key Stages 1 and 2, packed with interactive multimedia activities, lesson plans and topic tools to help primary schools meet the new national curriculum objectives for computing from September 2014.

The new computing module is available to existing EducationCity subscribers for free until January 2015, or available as a free trial for non-subscribers, and is the perfect companion for teachers who feel daunted by the new subject’s objectives.

EducationCity’s computing module is so much more than ‘coding’ and to make this new subject manageable for teachers, it has been organised into three distinct areas - computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Key Stage 2 is also split into lower and upper levels to help teachers differentiate the objectives.

For computer science, EducationCity has developed the Code Crunch programming tool which helps children explore and understand how code is structured and the results that can be achieved by writing their own simple lines of instruction. Featured tutorials help teachers get to grips with delivering coding lessons and pupils can follow suggested activity plans targeted at their ability or use their imagination to create their own outcomes.

Information technology looks at the application and uses of technology in terms of how it impacts their day-to-day lives and the world around them. Multimedia activities include making a newsletter, editing documents and changing fonts and sizes. They are supported by further resources with step by step instructions to help pupils explore topics at their own pace.

Finally, digital literacy explores the safe and responsible use of technology and educates young people on the importance of staying safe online. For example, one activity called ‘Safe Surfing’, aimed at Key Stage 1 learners, features characters raising awareness about browsing the internet and explores how pupils could respond to issues such as spam and cyberbullying.

As with all the rich media resources produced by EducationCity, the computing module is no exception and will engage pupils and teachers alike through the use of colourful images, animation, text, voice over, sounds, music and  interactions.

James Lison, Senior Producer at EducationCity said, “In September computing will become one of the core subjects alongside maths, English and science. Every job now involves some level of technology and this curriculum will give primary pupils the basic skills and head start they need for the rest of their lives. The EducationCity computing module will help teachers to allay any concerns with teaching this new subject and with specific aspects such as coding.”

EducationCity also supports maths, English, science and languages (French Spanish and English language for pupils with English as a second language) which also become statutory at Key Stage 2 in September 2014.

For further information about EducationCity or for a free trial, please call +44 (0) 844 225 3060, or visit: www.EducationCity.com. Follow @EducationCity on Twitter.

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