The Computing curriculum provides children opportunities to learn how computers and computer systems work, design and build programs, develop ideas using technology and create a range of content. In addition to this, the curriculum encourages children to experiment, adapt and share ideas whilst problem solving to debug and achieve success. This process develops curiosity as they explore their options and resilience as they overcome obstacles.
The Computing curriculum offers children the time, knowledge and resources required to discover a passion or interest for this subject. Links are made between school and society and children understand how their skills can be applied to everyday life. Then curriculum equips children for the technological world that they are now living in. The yearly progression will prepare them for future stages of their education and will enable them to participate effectively within a digital world.
The elements of Information Technology and Digital Literacy are embedded within our sticky curriculum. All year groups cover 6 topics throughout the school year. The elements of Computer Science are taught within weekly PPA sessions and delivered by HLTAs.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
In line with Naace and ‘Computing at School’ guidance, we have divided the curriculum into three core areas:
|Computer Science (CS)||Information Technology (IT)||Digital Literacy (DL)|
|“[children] are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming”.||building on their knowledge and understanding of Computer Science, pupils are “equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content”.||providing children with the ability to “use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a suitable level for the future workplace and active participants in a digital world”.|
Digital Literacy is a big part of the curriculum, with children learning how to use ICT safely – at regular points throughout the year children undertake online safety sessions on topics such as cyberbullying or keeping information safe.
We aim to keep our children safe online and also when using mobile phones, games consoles and wireless technology. We feel it is important to educate our children on the benefits, risks and responsibilities of using information technology. We aim to educate our children to make the right decisions and keep themselves safe online.
At home, many children use computers to play games and learn. We want to encourage you to ensure children are supervised at all times at home, especially when accessing the internet.
These websites may be useful to you if you have any questions about your child’s safety online:
Adam Davis and Racheal Ma.