Computing Curriculum Vision
‘If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.’ – John Dewey (philosopher, psychologist and educational reformer)
‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ (NC 2014)
Purpose and Intent
At Radipole Primary School, we want to prepare children so they can stay safe and thrive in an exciting technological future. We want children to feel secure and confident in using a range of programs, and we want to inspire children through the learning that they are experience in computing lessons. Our computing curriculum aims to develop the skills, knowledge and understanding that children will need to flourish in an increasingly digital-based world. We want to equip children with solid foundations in the subject so that they can behave creatively and responsibly in the digital and online worlds.
Implementation and Realisation
Children learn essential computing skills for computer literacy from the EYFS through to Year 6, whilst also developing more advanced skills such as algorithms, data representation and programming. As children progress through the school, they build on the work of previous years, deepening their skills in areas such as coding and databases, as well as strengthening their knowledge and understanding of a range of programs, including Scratch, iMovie, Word, Powerpoint, Publisher and Excel. Children are encouraged to explore their creativity in computing as we believe this is essential to them becoming digitally literate. To facilitate this, tasks are designed to give children the scope to investigate solutions for themselves, and children are given opportunities to make choices as to how they present their own work in a variety of programs.
E-Safety is a vital life skill which is embedded into our computing curriculum, as well as being taught explicitly when working with online programs. Children are aware of what personal information should be kept private and confidential, and they understand how to report negative behaviour online, creating a positive and safe digital space for all to learn and thrive in.
At Radipole, teachers are supported to ensure that they have good subject knowledge. Staff meetings and training sessions focus on key skills that teachers need in order to be able to deliver the computing curriculum with confidence.
Impact and Evaluation
By the end of their time at Radipole, our children will be confident users of technology and be able to use it to accomplish a wide range of goals, both at home and at school. They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems and be on the path to being safe and socially responsible digital citizens. Children will be able to communicate effectively using a range of technologies and their resilience in solving problems, whilst thinking logically and creatively, will flourish.
Children’s progress is monitored through regular questioning and discussion. Concepts and computing vocabulary are continually revised through curriculum progression across year groups and lesson sequences to allow learning to be cemented into the children’s long-term memory. Whenever possible, children are encouraged to save the work they create during computing lessons, allowing opportunities for the monitoring of progression in the subject.