COMPUTING CURRICULUM STATEMENT
At St Philip’ Catholic Primary School, we want to prepare all our children to contribute positively to our rapidly changing and increasingly digital world. By highlighting and exposing children to the breadth of technology around them, we aim for them to understand how it has shaped the modern world and begin to inspire children to imagine what they could do in the future.
Our school follows the programmes of study from the 2014 National Curriculum which specifies what to teach in each Key Stage. From this, our engaging curriculum map promotes a cross-curricular and creative approach to teaching computing. Our topics and other subjects provide meaningful and relevant contexts and opportunities for regular application of technology.
Our curriculum intent for Computing
It is our intent for all children at St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, to achieve personal success in using a range of technology confidently, competently and safely. In order to achieve this, they will
- Know how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; including keeping personal information private, recognising acceptable / unacceptable behaviour and how to report concerns about content or contact.
- Design, write, and debug programs to accomplish specific goals; working with variables and various forms of input and output.
- Develop computational thinking; using logical reasoning to analyse a problem and plan out solutions; and decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Use search technologies effectively and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- Understand how computer networks operate and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Select use and combine a variety of software on a range of devices to design and create a range of content, including colleting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
How we will implement our intentions
St Philip’s use both espresso and Twinkl for resources which covers the whole primary curriculum with a clear structure of progression building on children’s previous knowledge. At St Philip’s we use Google Chromebooks, these resources allow pupils to save, combine and import content which can be shared across the school safely and also allows them to access their own work and class set work from home.
The program is supplemented by additional lessons on computer networks; and the use of BeeBots when creating computer programs.
We participate in Internet Safety day, making good use of yearly themes to raise the profile of different aspects of E Safety. This message is reinforced with Parent Information where advice on keeping children safe online are given in addition to our newsletter.
In addition to classroom computing learning, the school’s before-school provision also includes weekly Blogging club, Blogging and ICT Eco clubs.