Our School Computing Curriculum
At our school, we aim to provide a balanced, broad and creative curriculum which provides children with the skills and knowledge to access life-long learning. Within the breadth of the term ‘Computing’ we aim to develop a culture where use of technology becomes second nature and children are prepared to embrace new technological changes in the future. There is a key emphasis on digital citizenship where children learn what it is to be a responsible, appropriate and safe user of technology.
To do this, we follow scheme of work which integrates all four aims of the National Curriculum into topic-themed learning. Alongside this, core skills of computing are embedded and developed in both foundation and core curriculum subjects.
Across the school, the children have access to 30 iPads and a trolley of 15 laptops. The children are taught using interactive whiteboards, iPads, talking tins/ postcards and a range of other interactive resources. The school also utilises a VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), which sits behind the school website, where the children can log in to a secure online classroom. This is introduced to children where it can be used to embed learning and content can be built on year-on-year as the children progress through the primary phase.
Programme of Study for Computing
The national curriculum for computing has four main aims:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computational Science).
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computational Thinking).
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information Technology)
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology (Digital Literacy)