‘Alan Turing gave us a mathematical model of digital computing that has completely withstood the test of time. He gave us a very, very clear description that was truly prophetic.’ George Dyson
‘We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.” David Warlick
Why is it important to teach Computing?
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with the STEM subjects Mathematics, Science, and Design and Technology, which as a school driven by the STEM skills, is incredibly important. The core of Computing is Computer Science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate which in this growing digital world will equip the children for their future workplace. They will have the skills to make connections in what they have learnt, and will be supported to be resilient, self-evaluate, and develop a desire to learn as they go to their next stage of learning.
Our Computing curriculum provides children with the opportunity to engage with computing as a subject through both explicit and discreet computing lessons linked with themes across the curriculum. Children are also encouraged to utilise computing resources across other areas of the curriculum to ensure they become fluent users of a range of resources. The curriculum is broken down through use of a progression map, encompassing the skills and knowledge needed to fulfil the needs of the National Curriculum statements using a small steps pedagogy, developed through Teaching and Learning Pedagogy developed through use of Rosenshine’s Principles. Every lesson is individually planned so that it can be effectively taught and so it meets the needs of all our pupils, ensuring that prior knowledge is built on utilising both unplugged and plugged methods of teaching. Staff use units detailed on the Computing and E-Safety progression map linked directly with the National Curriculum to make links with their curriculum topics to develop knowledge and skills associated with Computing. Each lesson has a learning outcome and this is often part of their STEM destination. Having discreet lessons supports children to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of primary learning curriculum. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum at the wider curriculum through the termly thematic planning. During computing lessons, the children will use either the iPads or the Chromebooks/laptops in order to access a range of apps and software. Discreet computing lessons will focus on the curriculum skills of information technology and digital literacy. In addition, children have opportunities to engage with Computing Rich Experiences such as Safer Internet Day and Hour of Code to develop their knowledge of Computing and E-safety outside of their planned curriculums.
Our Computing curriculum gives children the opportunity to: