Statement of intent:
Our Computing Curriculum covers progression of skills in terms of:
Computer Science (including Computational Thinking, Programming and Computer Networks)
Information Technology (Including word processing, data handling, animation, research)
Digital Literacy and Online Safety (Online Safety, managing online information, self-image and identify).
Our aim is to ensure children become competent in safely using and understanding technology. Our curriculum ensures that, in early years, children gain knowledge and understanding of the world through early experiences of using technology. At KS1 and KS2, the learning progressively offers increasingly higher levels of challenges so that children leave the school well equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding necessary to be successful in their next stage of schooling in terms of computing.
Our intention is that learning is embedded throughout the curriculum supporting creativity and cross-curricular learning. We intend children to independently and confidently use a range IT resources and devices to support their learning. We intend Computing to be viewed not only as subject in its own right but as a means to access other areas of the curriculum, support learning and to communicate understanding.
We have created a comprehensive progression document for staff to follow to best embed and cover every element of the computing curriculum. The knowledge/skills statements build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners.
We feel the majority of computing should be embedded across the curriculum. Each class has an allocated timetabled slot in the ICT suite to teach Computing each week. Teachers also have the flexibility to use laptops and iPads to deliver the Computing curriculum. A whole school overview on the Computing curriculum has mapped out the scheme under the strands of Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. There is clear progression year-by-year and each child has an individual login for Purple Mash which they can access from home as well.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. At the end of each unit children participate in an assessment tool called 2Quiz that checks the children’s learning.