A subject where children develop life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. ‘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 – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.’ (National Curriculum, 2014)
A balanced and inclusive computing curriculum at St George’s enables the children to develop their understanding and use of technology through practical and exploratory opportunities using deliberate practice to develop their understanding. As they move through school, they develop an understanding of how technology and digital systems work. Children develop their digital literacy, showing that they know how to use technology respectfully and safely. Children engage and develop a deep understanding of computer science, knowing how to develop and create their programs for a range of purposes. The computing curriculum aims to develop children as computational thinkers to enable them to solve problems across the whole curriculum and life in general.
A balanced curriculum where ‘each lesson is sequenced so that it builds on the learning from the previous lesson’, and where appropriate, activities are scaffolded so that all pupils can succeed and thrive’ across the three areas of computing with natural links to other curriculum areas. Planning embeds a substantive and disciplinary approach to teaching. Children develop fluency in using technology for a range of purposes. Staying safe online is integrated into all areas of the curriculum. It is taught specifically, in computing and within PSHE. Computing lessons focus on collaboration and creativity by providing extended periods of time to work independently and with others to solve problems and develop the knowledge and skills required to be computational thinkers.
Our children will enjoy and value Computing and know why they are doing things and not just how. Children will understand and appreciate the value of Computing in the context of their personal wellbeing and the technological, creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities. Progress in Computing is demonstrated through regularly reviewing and scrutinising children’s work. The Computing curriculum will contribute to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This would be seen in them being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress will be shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them.
The Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum supports children’s understanding of Computing through using technology to enrich different areas of the curriculum. Opportunities are planned for within our curriculum for children to play game and use software programmes to enhance all areas of the curriculum such as Maths and Phonics. Weekly group sessions are planned for to teach children how to use software programmes such as 2simple so children can develop their awareness of selecting and using icons and what they mean.