We want our children to be highly equipped to respond to the fast moving and rapidly evolving technological world. Our Computing curriculum teaches children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Computer science and applying its principles into programming is taught from Year 1 to Year 6 as our children learn to analyse problems and evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
We have designed a curriculum that teaches a progression of knowledge, skills and understanding. New learning is taught in each learning programme and specific skills are repeated and practised in subsequent terms to ensure a depth of knowledge. Our programmes of learning are taught with a cross curricular perspective, when appropriate, to allow children to understand the interconnections between technology and other subjects. Science, mathematics and design are strongly connected to the curriculum and children are taught to recognise and learn from these connections.
The curriculum has been designed so that online safety is taught each term and these are joined by a termly programme of study which is consistent across both key stages.
Our pupils 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
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
- use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
- understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- 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.
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
To view our Computing Curriculum Map, please click here.