At Holy Family, our aim is to provide a computing curriculum which provides children with the necessary skills to embrace and utilise new and existing technologies in a safe and responsible way and to develop the code breakers, program makers and digital leaders of tomorrow. Our children will learn the principles of computer science and how to manage, adapt and create their own digital content through exciting activities such as programming and coding. We also believe our children should be able to analytically solve computational problems, communicate in a digitally literate world and become competent and confident users of information technology.
Essential characteristics of a techie:
How we will deliver our curriculum:
Technology is a wonderful tool in helping to transform learning as well as develop engagement in the classroom. Our children have numerous opportunities to apply their developing computing skills across a range of devices and scenarios. All of our children have access to weekly sessions in our ICT suite, where lessons focus on key apsects of the new Computing curriculum. Furthermore, our children have access to iPads and Chromebooks (UKS2) in class to support their cross curricular learning.
Our curriculum distinguishes between subject topics and threshold concepts. Subject topics are the specific aspects of subjects that are studied for example, animation, IT around us and the Internet. Threshold concepts tie together the subject topics into meaningful schema. The same concepts are explored in a wide breadth of topics. Through this ‘forwards-and-backwards engineering’ of the curriculum, pupils return to the same concepts over and over, and gradually build an understanding of them.
The four threshold concepts in Computing are:
Computing is an essential part of learning in EYFS as it is incorporated in everyday learning. The computing aspects of the children’s work relate to the objectives set out in the early learning goals (ELGs).
In KS1, the children will learn about what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs. They will use technology to create, organise, store and retrieve digital content. The children will learn about the uses of information technology beyond school and how this should be used safely and respectfully.
In KS2, the children will continue to develop their understanding of programs through designing, writing and debugging programs to accomplish specific goals. They will learn about how computer networks work and use a variety of software to create a variety of content. The children will continue to focus on using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, recognising behaviour that is acceptable/unacceptable.