Computing

Our Computing Curriculum

 

Intent 

In modern society, technology is continuing to evolve and draws interest in children’s lives. Our role is to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.  At Haslingfield Endowed Primary School we want our pupils to experience a broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy where pupils are able to use a variety of software and hardware to share their learning in creative ways. 

We also recognise and understand the need for children to develop their Computing skills using both on and off screen learning.We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to demonstrate appropriately their understanding and hope by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.

 

Implementation

Each class has an hour and a half fortnightly timetabled slot to learn Computing at Haslingfield Endowed Primary School. This is to ensure that each child is able to develop depth in knowledge and skills across their Computing topics. The school follows the Kapow Primary Computing scheme of work which helps teachers to deliver engaging topics with purposeful learning. When arranging the Computing curriculum, the topics were linked as closely as possible to the whole school’s creative curriculum topics to aide a cross-curricular approach to learning.

The implementation of the Computing medium term plan ensures that as a school we conduct a balanced coverage of the Computing curriculum of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Pupils will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon prior learning and experiences.  Pupils will cover the following areas in each of the three strands: 

 

Computer Science

-    Hardware

-    Networks and data representation

-    Computational thinking

-    Programming

 

Information Technology

-    Using software

-    Using email and the internet

-    Using data

-    Wider use of technology

 

Digital Literacy

-    Online safety

-    Online identity

-    Managing online information

-    Security  

 

Impact 

Whilst delivering the Computing curriculum, we encourage our pupils to think deeply as to how and why our curriculum is relevant and purposeful in our learning. Pupils are to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact Computing has on their learning, development, well-being and everyday life with the hope they enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver.   

 

Due to the implementation of this curriculum, pupils leaving Haslingfield Endowed Primary School will have developed a wide range of Computing skills, a firm understanding of how technology works and fully understand how to keep themselves safe. These skills will allow pupils to be creative and feel competent in approaching different challenges as they advance further and adapt to new future technology.