Curriculum Overview 2019-2020
Our computing curriculum provides pupils with a broad experience of computer science, information technology and digital literacy skills and knowledge. Pupils learn both how to use technology and how to be creators of new technology through their programming and computer networks units. The subject reflects the National Curriculum and encourages children to develop an understanding of how technology makes a difference in all aspects of life- at home, at school and in the workplace, as well as considering the impact technology has had on society over the years.
Our computing curriculum is built around the 3 core strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. These strands allow the children to use computational thinking, this is giving the children the resilience to solve computing programmes and create programmes or work using apps and computers. Pupils use a range of application types, returning to these in subsequent years to reinforce learning. Pupils learn to program in a range of languages including ScratchJr, Scratch and Kodu and use physical computing devices such as the Crumble Controller, and Spheros.
We believe pupils’ excellent understanding of digital literacy skills is essential to ensure they are competent and confident users of technology and, importantly, know how to use such technology in a safe and responsible manner. As such, our curriculum builds progressively throughout year groups revisiting key themes such as online safety, online conduct, copyright and digital discernment.
It is important that technology is used as a day-day element of school life and across all subject areas, therefore if opportunities to use computing arise which do not fall within the curriculum for each year group they should be taken advantage of. We use computing in a range of areas such as literacy and IPC to produce pieces of work, and science to create databases and graphs.
In addition to the year group units on the previous page, the table below details which unit from the prior year group should be revisited at some point during the year to consolidate learning. These are IT units and content should come from the wider curriculum.