Our Vision and Intent for Computing at Handale…
Through our computing curriculum we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
At Handale Primary School, we follow The National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). The National Centre for Computing Education is funded by the Department for Education and marks a significant investment in improving the provision of computing education in England. The goal of the NCCE is to transform the way computing is taught in schools across the country – and enable more young people to benefit from studying this important subject. Through this, their skills and career opportunities will be enhanced in the future.
Below is the curriculum journey our computing will follow from Year 1 to Year 6. The framework uses an innovative progression to allow to children to build on their prior learning year on year. Each year group will have a unit of work linked to each of the following areas as well as internet safety woven through:
- Computing systems and networks
- Data and information
- Creating media
Why is Computing successful at Handale?
- The Computing curriculum at Handale is broad and balanced.
- Vast amount of resources and available technology for children to use and explore.
- Children’s knowledge in computing is strong.
- Computing knowledge and skills have been planned out in a progressive way to allow clear progression in teaching and learning as children move through school.
We follow the National Curriculum Objectives for Computing at Handale…
Key Stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
• understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
• create and debug simple programs
• use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
• use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
• recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
• use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
Key Stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
• design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
• use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
• use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
• understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
• use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
• select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
• use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Computing Long Term Plan