Our computing curriculum aims to equip our children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing that they will need for the rest of their lives. We want our pupils to be able to utilise new technology in a safe and responsible way and to be autonomous, independent users of computing technologies.
We cover the National Curriculum objectives using Purple Mash Scheme of work. The three areas that are looked at are:
- Computer Science (CS) - Pupils are taught how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use, through programming.
- Information Technology (IT) - Building on the knowledge and understanding of computer science, information technology gives pupils a chance to use programs and create contents that applies to other areas.
- Digital Literacy (DL) - Enabling pupils to use and express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology. Equipping pupils with skills that will transfer to the future workplace and enable them to be active participants in an increasingly digital world.
We use the table created by Nacce (2013) to give a brief overview of how the curriculum content and expectations can be split into the three areas, identified above and then into key stages.
We teach computing as a discrete lesson each week. We also give the children the opportunity to apply taught skills across the curriculum.