In the National Curriculum 2014, Computing replaced the previous ICT curriculum. Computing relates to how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. The focus of the new computing curriculum moves towards programming and other aspects of computer science.
The Computing curriculum consists of three key strands:
- Computer Science: Understanding algorithms and programming (e.g. Beebots and Crumbles)
- Information Technology: To use technology purposefully and effectively (e.g. relates to word processing, PowerPoint and paint packages)
- Digital Literacy: Understanding the use of the use of technology around us and how to communicate by using it safely which links to e-Safety ( e.g. Internet and email).
At Our Lady of Lourdes we aim to prepare our children for the challenge of an ever changing and developing digital world. Our goal is that every child has the confidence and ability to access computing across the curriculum by providing them with opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills which will equip them for the future.
Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
Our key aims are:
- For staff and children to gain confidence and enjoyment through the safe use of Computing.
- To ensure children gain the key skills and understanding necessary to enable them to fully access Computing in the world around them to develop their digital capability.
- To help children appreciate that Computing is a creative tool for learning.
- To improve communication with parents and the wider community by offering extended learning opportunities outside the school day.
- To constantly review and upgrade our hardware and software to keep abreast of and new and emerging technologies.
Computing Vision Statement
Imagine Create Teach
Our whole curriculum is shaped by our school vision of Live, Love and Learn, which aims to enable all children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be. We teach the National Curriculum, supported by a clear skills and knowledge progression. This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology.
As part of information technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Within digital literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of internet, networks and email.
In computer science, we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computational thinking, including abstraction, logic and algorithms. This computational thinking is developed by analysing problems to computational terms, and through repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. We teach a progression of Computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding of computational thinking. At Our Lady of Lourdes, we give children access to a wide range of high quality resources, including physical devices such as Spheros and Crumbles, which provide cross curricular opportunities for children to apply their Computing knowledge and skills.
Online safety is embedded within Computing lessons and each class has nominated E-safety Ambassador wo meet on a termly basis. Online safety procedures are shared with all staff and parents through regular communications, newsletters and workshops.
The implementation of the Computing curriculum ensures that when children leave Our Lady of Lourdes School, they are competent, confident and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. Through developing their computational thinking and digital skills they will be able to express themselves, be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply these skills in Computing in a range of challenges going forward.
Use of Google Classroom, unit assessment and pupil progression grids, feed into teachers’ future planning, and a creative approach continues to be developed. This enables teachers to revisit misconceptions and knowledge gaps in computing through other curriculum areas. Providing children with enriching activities and varied paces of learning, ensures all pupils make good progress.
Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equip pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Our Lady of Lourdes gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.