Computing Curriculum Statement
Our children must be prepared for the rapidly changing world we live in. Some of the jobs that our children may be applying for in the future may not even exist yet, but we are certain that technology will play a pivotal role within these jobs. This is a challenge that we aim to prepare our children for with our computing curriculum. Our curriculum is designed so that our children can use computational thinking to solve and overcome challenges. Where possible, we aim to incorporate computing with other subjects throughout the curriculum, such as maths, English, science, history, geography and design and technology. Each strand of the computing curriculum is important for our children to grasp and become competent in. Computer science is integral for our children to understand and use programming effectively so that later on in school they are able to design, write and debug programs that achieve specific goals. Information technology is built upon this foundation; we aim for our children to build and develop a good understanding of computer networks, including the internet which plays such a prominent role in all of their lives. This will enable the children to use information technology effectively. Digital literacy is essential for our children to know how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We strive to make our children aware of how their digital footprint could affect their prospects in the future when applying for jobs and that when we use technology we should be implementing our Gospel Virtues into our behaviour as we would outside of technological communication. Christ the King has a prominent role within the community of Kingstanding and aims to support families at home with their understanding of the importance of digital literacy.
The three areas of the computing curriculum are covered both discretely and cross-curricular. In Key Stage 1, children are given the experience of using technology and are taught the basics of the curriculum. They are introduced to algorithms through coding and given ample opportunities to debug and create simple programs through the code.org website as well as practical activities within other subjects, developing their problem solving skills. They are taught about how to use computers safely and responsibly, as well as how a computer network can help and support their learning in other subjects.
In Key Stage 2, the development continues as the children design and debug programs with increasing purposes through code.org and activities within other subjects. The children use computer networks and programs to research and present some of their own work to others and they build their understanding of digital literacy so that they have strategies to use when faced with an online safety issue, for example; online bullying through gaming and social media.
In regards to EYFS, there are lots of opportunities of the children to develop their knowledge and experience of technology (within the Understanding of the World section of Development Matters). Children are given lessons on how to use technological equipment safely and how they can be used to find information or access age-appropriate programs. They are then given access to use said equipment within the classroom, for example laptops, tablets, interactive whiteboards and bee bots.
Children at Christ the King enjoy computing; there is always a buzz of excitement in the classroom when the class are in a computing lesson. Our children are becoming more confident to use technology to aid their learning, both at school and at home. The children’s understanding of digital literacy is developing well and is very prominent when discussing how to use technology with the children during pupil interviews and class discussions. The children are using technology in school more often, both in computing and in other subjects, and this has helped to develop their knowledge of how to use it safely, responsibly, effectively and efficiently. Children are happy to support others within their class during a computing lesson, demonstrating a growing confidence around the subject. There is a clear progression of skills over the key stages demonstrated within each year group’s individual assessment goals. The more computing is taught within a class, the more competent the children become in all three strands of the computing curriculum.