Our Computing curriculum aims to provide children with opportunities to develop a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to their lives. We offer a structured sequence of lessons, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum and more. The curriculum is progressive with each year group extending and adding to their previously learnt skillset using a range of programmes and equipment.
Children will be introduced to a range of computing programmes and equipment within the school ranging from Purplemash to Beebots and everything in between.
We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of ICT. As well as the many benefits of ICT, we are also aware of the risks which is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through e-safety awareness (for both parents and pupils) as well as teaching children how and what to do if they are uncomfortable with something that happens through the use of ICT.
In Computing, children are expected to be able to draw and build on previous skills, know when and what technology is most appropriate for given tasks and use the internet safely and appropriately.
Through the use of the PurpleMash scheme of work we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence when teaching all aspects.
Our Computing curriculum is implemented through:
Our children in EYFS will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.
In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.