Our computing curriculum aims to install a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop children’s appreciation of the capabilities and opportunities technology offers. ‘Tinkering’ with software programs forms part of the ethos of our curriculum as we want to develop pupils confidence when encountering new technology, which is a vital skill in the ever evolving and changing technological landscape. We intend for children to not only be digitally competent and have a range of transferable children, but also to be responsible online citizens.
The National Curriculum states:-
‘The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.’
Therefore, our computing curriculum is built with three strands which run throughout: -
Our Curriculum is organised into five key area. These create a cyclical route throughout which pupil can develop their knowledge by revisiting and build on previous learning.
Our implementation ensures a broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum requirements and provides children with the opportunity to learn and apply transferable skills.
Lessons involve a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as digital activities. This variety ensures that learning is engaging and appeals to all learning styles. Knowledge organisers for each unit support children in building a foundation of factual knowledge using key facts and vocabulary.
Strong subject knowledge is vital to be able to deliver a high-quality computing curriculum. We have a clear cycle of CPD for staff to ensure that they feel fully skilled to deliver our computing curriculum.
Lessons are timetabled in unit blocks to ensure that learning is closely connected and that children can immerse themselves in their computing learning. We have a 1:1 ratio of devices comprising of a mixture of I-pads, Chromebooks and laptops.
Staying safe online and being a good digital citizen forms part of our parent workshop cycle to ensure that parents feel able to support their child’s digital development.
The impact of our Computing curriculum is constantly monitored through assessment, learning walks and pupil discussions. Each unit is assessed against key learning aims which involves a learning ‘quiz’ which has assess progress across a unit of learning.
Overall, we intend that the impact of our computing curriculum is that children will: -