Our Computing Curriculum
At St George's, our aim is for children to become confident users of technology and to develop skills and knowledge relating to Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. Computing education is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously evolving. Work and social activities are being increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. We endeavour to ensure that our children fully grasp the relevance of and the possibilities of emerging technologies so that they can play a part in this rapidly changing landscape.
“65% of children will end up in jobs that don’t even exist yet.”
Intent, Implementation, Impact
- To build upon children’s knowledge and understanding from Nursery to Year 6 following the expectations of the National Curriculum 2014.
- To enable children to build and apply a repertoire of knowledge and skills linked to the three strands of the national curriculum: computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
- Build knowledge of principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
- To encourage children to become confident, creative and independent learners, able to solve problems using computational thinking.
- To make high quality cross-curricular links whilst maintaining the distinctive nature of the subject.
- To ensure children recognise the opportunities and threats that exist from the use of technology and understand how to access technology safely.
- The school uses the National Centre for Computing Education resources as a basis for providing a clear and comprehensive scheme of work in line with the National Curriculum.
- E-safety is developed both through the NCCE resources, and through PSHE lessons.
- Children in all year groups are exposed to a range of topics which encourage progression across the key strands of computer science, digital literacy and information technology.
- All children have access to the hardware and software needed to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications.
- Children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyberbullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
- The importance of online safety is continuously reinforced and shown through displays within the learning environment. Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
- Progress is assessed as achieved or not achieved, on an on-going basis using the NCCE ‘I can’ statements for each area of Computing. This ensures teachers are aware of individual pupil’s progress in computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
- Lessons completed are recorded in a class book and children are assessed as having achieved or not achieved each unit of work.
- Most children will reach the end of year expectations in terms of attainment and progress.
- Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
- Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
- Children are able to recognise the dangers that exist from the use of technology and understand how to access online systems safely.
For more information about our Computing curriculum, please speak to our Computing Lead, Miss Bancroft.