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Curriculum

Computing

“During our computing lessons, we want to inspire computational thinkers who are prepared for the jobs of the future by using a range of technology that challenge creativity and resilience.”

Mr Govey (Computing Lead)

Overview

The computing subject replaced the subject of information technology (IT) in the curriculum in 2014. The computing subject is written to teach children how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. When our children study computing, they will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds. Computational thinking challenges children to solve difficult problems by applying their knowledge and skills.

Why is computational thinking so important? It allows us to solve problems, design solutions and develop an understanding of how computers can support us in our day-to-day life. It is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of. Pupils who can think computationally are more able to use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.

Computing is a practical subject, in which creativeness and imagination are encouraged. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding real-world systems and creating purposeful products. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extremely useful and creative subject, immersed with excitement.

The Big Ideas

Within the computing curriculum, we focus on 5 big ideas:

Comparison: children use the internet to search online and compare results and websites to judge whether the information and websites provided is reliable, authentic and secure.

Humankind: children learn to be good digital citizens, improving their understanding of how to stay safe online and the possible and best ways to communicate when online

Investigation: children learn to program and control onscreen and offscreen devices using a sequence of algorithms.

Materials: children broaden their knowledge and understanding of different hardware and software available to them.

Place: children will learn how different software can support them in the real and digital world. They learn how to be collaborative and efficient when using certain pieces of software.

National Curriculum Coverage

During their time at St Botolph’s, children will be introduced to a variety of different programs and software, including Kodu, Scratch, PowerPoint, Word and Paint. They will be expected to learn how to use, store and retrieve a range of different data and learn to use computers to improve efficiency and team collaboration. Download our ‘Curriculum’ document if you wish to find out about the objectives covered in a specific year group.

Assessment

Skills and knowledge within the curriculum are separated into ‘milestones’. Each Milestone contains a range of descriptors that support the children’s progression within the subject. Download our ‘Milestones’ document to see the skills expected within each milestone.