At St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, it is our intent to build a computing curriculum that develops pupils' learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them whilst preparing them to live safely in an increasingly digital British society. We will enable children to focus on developing the skills necessary to be able to use information in an effective way. We want children to leave primary school as confident, creative, independent, computer literate learners.
At St Mary’s, computing skills are taught both discretely and used within cross-curricular lessons to support other areas of learning. Our computing curriculum comprises of computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
Early Years Foundation Stage
Children are taught to recognise that a range of technology is used within home and school. Children are given opportunities to select and use technology for a particular purpose. Children in our Early Years provision will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.
Key Stage 1
Pupils are taught the principles of information and computing; how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge into practise through programming. Our computing curriculum ensures that pupils can become digitally literate – are able to use, develop and express themselves through information and communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Children in Key Stage 1 are taught to –
- Understand what algorithms are.
- Create and debug simple programs. ( e.g Beebots, Probots, ALEX, Kodable, Scratch Junior)
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
- Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. (Word, Powerpoint, Book Creator, Textease, Painting packages, Photographs and Videos)
- Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and know where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content.
Key Stage 2
Children will continue to have experiences of all three strands (computer science, digital literacy and information technology) but the subject knowledge imparted will become increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is being built upon.
Children in Key Stage 2 are taught to –
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or stimulating physical systems; solving problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. (Scratch, Lego We Do, Microbits, Kodu, Probots)
- Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- Understand computer networks including the internet and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Use search technologies effectively and appreciate how results are selected and ranked and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- Select, use and combine a variety of software, including internet services, on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals – including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly – recognising acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, identify a range of ways to report concerns and content and contact.
Our computing curriculum equips children with the skills to become digitally-literate. Children will value online safety and respect when communicating with others. We want our children to understand the consequences of using the internet and be aware of how to keep themselves safe online. Children will develop confidence using a wide range of hardware and software and this will also be utilised to enhance learning across the curriculum. We aim for children to have a knowledge and understanding of computer programmes through writing and debugging code, with a clear progression in technical skills. Children will be able to solve problems using technology and computational thinking is encouraged. Children will build resilience through their work and are encouraged to learn from their mistakes. We are actively teaching skills for children to become confident in an ever-growing digital world.