The school’s intent for Computing learning focusses on developing a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
Through our computing curriculum we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. To ensure the social and emotional development of our children, E-Safety is taught robustly at the start of each academic year. It also features throughout the year through key lessons and in our Safer Internet day. We believe that if we present children with scenarios they may come across in their digital world in a safe environment then this will give them the skills and confidence to know what is right and wrong and ask for help when they need it.
We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities, developing their vocabulary and communication skills, not only orally but through the keyboard too. The curriculum is organised through the year alongside other curriculum subjects, so for example the Data handling is in the Spring term is to coincide with our Science focus of Scientists and our Science week, giving a purpose and focus for using data handling. The Multimedia strand is linked to our history topics in the Summer term to encourage children’s ‘cultural capital’ by presenting alternative opportunities, such as the use of our green screen for filming and also stop animation to bring what they have learned to life. Not only do we want children to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. This is why there are two opportunities during the year to practise using algorithms through programing.
To ensure the clear progression through the year groups, each strand of Computing will be taught by all year groups in the same term allowing leaders to see the skills children are using clearly. These skills will be looked at in the previous term to ensure that staff are competent in their own computing skills, before teaching the children.