At St Mary’s RCVA 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 –
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 –
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.