What is taught?
At Toft Hill Primary, we recognise the importance of Computing in every aspect of daily life. As one of the foundation subjects taught in primary schools, we give the learning of Computing the prominence it requires.
We follow the National Curriculum for Computing, which aims to ensure that all children:
• can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
• can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
• can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
• are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
We teach Computing progressively through three key strands:
• Online Safety
• Digital Literacy.
We teach the importance of using technology safely and we aim to develop children’s responsibility as digital citizens. We aim to develop children’s understanding of how programs work and how they can be designed to achieve a set of goals. Within Digital Literacy, we aim to develop children’s basic IT skills.
How is Computing taught?
“Progress means knowing more and remembering more.” OFSTED
When teaching Computing, we see it as essential that there is a clear progression of skills and knowledge within each of the three strands.
Online safety is taught discretely within each year group and is constantly referenced when teaching in the other strands as this allows children to develop their understanding of safe and responsible behaviour.
Teaching within the Programming strand initially focuses on the coding of physical objects, such as robots, and then develops so that children can code using block programming followed by manual coding. Programs and apps are carefully selected so that skills are built upon progressively and they are widely available outside of school so children have further opportunities to develop their skills.
Teaching within Digital Literacy focuses on creating digital content within a variety of programs and apps with the aim of embedding and building on the basic IT skills children will require in the digital world.
Why is Computing taught in this way?
The computing curriculum is taught progressively from Reception to Year 6 to ensure that children develop the knowledge and skills required to achieve the end of Key Stage Two expectations which are:
o Discerning in evaluating Digital content to keep themselves and others safe
o Confidently use multiple programs to create and embed content e.g. create presentations, documents and spreadsheets
o Build complex procedures when programming
Our aim is to prepare pupils for the next stage of their education and for life.