In today’s modern world, technology is everywhere and will play a crucial part in our students' lives, therefore at Holy Family we want pupils to be masters of technology. Computer science opens up for the learners the possibility of being key influencers and transformational leaders at a local, national and global level. Therefore, we wish to impart on our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and most importantly, safely. Our computing curriculum - encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy – follows a structured sequence of lessons to teach the skills required to meet the aims of the National Curriculum while reflecting our desire to create responsible and competent technology users. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways and therefore we encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning more creative and accessible. Furthermore, we want our pupils to be fluent with a range of computing tools 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. As stated in the Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) document ‘it is essential that children are safeguarded from potentially harmful and inappropriate online material’ and therefore all staff at Holy Family are ‘aware that technology is a significant component in many safeguarding and wellbeing issues’. In recognition of this, we believe the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education.
Our computing curriculum is implemented using the KAPOW scheme of work, underpinned by the principles of Chris Quigley curriculum design. Kapow Primary’s Computing scheme of work has been designed as a spiral curriculum with the following key principles in mind:
It reflects the objectives of the National Curriculum and groups these objectives into three key strands: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. Through Computer Science children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Children will also have the repeated opportunity of practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems. Through Information Technology children will learn to evaluate and apply new or unfamiliar technologies, and use them to solve problems. Digital Literacy lessons aim to make children that are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our Holy Family Computing Long Term Plan and Progression of Skills documents demonstrate what units and skills are expected to be delivered in each year group. Milestones have also been created in phases to support the retrieval process from previous learning and to avoid repetition of certain units to the detriment of others. In KS1 Computing is taught on a bi-weekly basis; in KS2 it is delivered on a half term cycle.
Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. We want learners to be aware if the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being, as well as recognising it is a tool to help further their mission as a disciple of Christ. The development of computational thinking and operational skills calls for the formation of learners who prioritise the importance of justice, equality, truth and the common good of all people. The way pupils share and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We want children to see the digital world as part of their life, extending beyond school, and understand the responsibility this brings. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes shown in our Long Term Plans and the record of coverage is monitored through the achieving of these outcomes.
The National Curriculum for Computing outlines the following:
Key stage 1 Pupils should be taught to:
Key stage 2 Pupils should be taught to:
Online safety is a pivotal part of our curriculum as well as being part of our safeguarding duty as outlined in the government's Keeping Children Safe in Education (KCSIE) document. Please click on the picture below to be taken to our dedicated E-Safety page.
Computing Terminology Glossary
Algorithm – step by step instructions to solve a problem.
Debug – find and fix mistakes in a computer program.
Input – data that goes into a computer.
Process – something that happens to change the data into something useful.
Output – information that comes out of a computer.
Program – a list of instructions that tells a computer exactly what to do.
Repetition – doing the same instruction more than once.
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Computing in our Classrooms...