Our computing curriculum is made up of three main elements: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
Our curriculum for computing has been developed so that the children will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. The role of programming in computer science is to provide motivation and a context within which ideas are brought to life.
The information technology element deals with applying computer systems to solve real world problems such as finding things out, presenting and sharing information and reviewing, modifying and evaluatiing work. We aim for the children to confidently and independently use and apply information technology skills to support and extend their learning. We develop a culture where the use of IT becomes second nature to our pupils, thus ensuring they are ready and able to embrace the technological advances of the future.
Digital literacy focuses on helping children to evaluate the efficiency and appropriateness of digital content. It teaches children to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognising acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and identifies a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Each year group will complete 4 units of Information Technology and 2 Computer Science units per academic year. E-safety is taught throughout the year with a focus on cyber bullying during Anti-Bullying week in November. The use of IT will also play a part across the whole of our curriculum, being used in a range of contexts to support teaching and learning.