Computing Curriculum Overview
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. We value inclusion in Computing and believe that all lesson should be adapted to ensure that all children can achieve their potential. We also believe in challenging children and, as part of our Challenge Curriculum, we have edited and revised many areas of our Computing curriculum to give children the opportunity to show that full scope of their skills.
At this school, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. Our curriculum is designed to build upon learning from prior years so that children can revisit and then extent their knowledge and skills. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology. Through teaching Computing, we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way.
As a school, we use leading literature as a way to inspire and support learning. In Computing this can be seen in non-fiction reading such as biographies/auto-biographies of significant people and through literature that focuses on scientific principles. This also helps children to understand key vocabulary that enables them to access the curriculum. Plans show how this vocabulary is built upon in each year group and how subject specific terms are defined and taught alongside practical skills.
Assessment is used alongside the school’s assessment policy with formative assessment happening in every lesson and helping the teacher to adapt plans to support and challenge the children.