Computing intent

Intent

Following the national curriculum for Computing, our intent is that all our children will:

Head

  • Learn a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding about computers and technology.
  • Learn and have opportunities to discuss the benefits of ICT but are also aware of the risks.
  • Be taught the principles of information and computation and how digital systems work

Heart

  • Foster curiosity and thirst to find out about new technology and programs.
  • Foster a love of learning new knowledge and skills which builds on their previous learning.
  • To have a clear understanding of how to stay safe whilst being part of a digital world and have the courage and confidence to know what to do if they feel uncomfortable about something online.
  • To be a digital citizen by showing our virtues of respect, patience, kindness and forgiveness.
  • To show perseverance when they identify a problem and begin ‘debugging’.

Hand

  • To be able to participate effectively and safely in a digital world inside and outside of school.
  • Have opportunities to be confident, creative and independent learners whilst developing their computing skills.
  • Have opportunities to put their knowledge to use through programming.
  • Will be well equipped with the knowledge to prepare them for now and a future in an environment which is shaped by technology.
  • Understand that computing is essential to everyday life in relations to next steps of learning or future jobs.  

Implementation:

  • A clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum where teaching and learning should show progression across all key stages within four strands of computing. These are Essential Skills, Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
  • Children will have the core basic skills to use multiple devices, this is designed to promote independence through the essential skills strand.
  • Children develop their knowledge and skills relating to computational thinking, coding, algorithms and networks through their computer science strand.
  • Children develop their knowledge and skills relating to digital communication, creating multimedia content and data representation/handling through the information technology strand.
  • Children are provided with the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and technology in society through the digital literacy strand.
  • Children have access to key language and meanings in order to understand and use in their day to day working in the classroom and at home.
  • Annual events such as National Coding week, Safer Internet day, Anti-bullying week and technology themed competitions are provided to allow children to participate in.
  • Children will reflect on previous learning and cross curricular links will be made wherever possible.

Impact:

The impact of our computing curriculum is that each child learns more, knows more and remembers more so that they reach their full potential in this curriculum area.

  • Most children will achieve age related expectations in Computing at the end of their cohort year.
  • Children will be enthusiastic and confident in their approach towards computing.
  • Children will be able to understand and apply the principles and concepts of computer science in their learning.
  • Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
  • Children will be able to apply our virtues when using digital systems.
  • Transition to secondary school with a keen interest in the continued learning of this subject.