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 teach our pupils to become responsible, competent and creative users of information and communication technology. The curriculum covers four areas: Creating Media, Data and handling through Data and information, Computing Systems and Networks and Computing Science through programming. We have adopted a spiral curricular approach to ensure that each strand taught is revisited each year, crucial knowledge is embedded and built on.
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 Science week, giving a purpose and focus for using data handling. 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 programming.
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, Online Safety is taught robustly throughout the year alongside the units of work as well as through PSHE. 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.