Intent: At Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School it is our intention to implement and deliver the computing National Curriculum in an active and relevant way, which opens horizons and supports our vision and intent for the whole curriculum.
Our curriculum is unique because of our historical and geographical location, as well as the wonderful natural environment in and around the school. These enhance and drive our curriculum. Although we are socially diverse, we are not culturally diverse. We want to develop our curriculum to increasingly extend our pupils’ horizons and help them to know about and understand that the village of Stratford-sub-Castle, the city of Salisbury and the county of Wiltshire are part of a much, much bigger world. A world which; is ever more connected and interconnected.
Computing has become an integral part of modern-day life and pupils need to be equipped with basic computing skills which will be essential as they enter their future lives. We aim to provide pupils with an understanding of how and why these skills are valuable by using computing to express, create and develop their own ideas. It is essential that the principles of how digital systems work through coding enables pupils to develop the way in which they create, store and share content. Computing promotes the use of technology as a communication tool; a way to research, explore and investigate. We aim for pupils to develop their E-Safety/online skills through an understanding of how the online community works and how they can contribute positively to it, to be a global citizen in the digital world.
The overarching concepts for Computing at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are:
- PROGRAMMING: understand of coding and algorithms and how they are used to program different technologies
- DATA: collecting, analysing and interpreting data using a range of hardware and software
- ONLINE: using online resources purposefully to research, share and present information, using online resources as a means of communication
- MULTIMEDIA: retrieving, saving, editing and manipulating a range of content for a purpose
- E-SAFETY/ ONLINE SAFETY: understanding our own digital footprint and online personas; knowing how we keep ourselves safe online and how to report unsafe or inappropriate content; understanding and dealing with cyber-bullying
Implementation: Learning is embedded through the development of knowledge and skills over time and through overlapping concepts. Units of work are ‘blocked’ to allow for continuity of learning and to encourage pupils to become immersed in their studies. Links are made to other subjects, especially Science, Maths and Geography where relevant and appropriate. Computing is used as a communication tool to enhance pupils’ literacy and presentation skills. Teachers also ensure that the strands which run through the entire curriculum at Stratford-sub-Castle CE Primary School are woven through lessons, where appropriate.
Progression is mapped coherently through the Curriculum Map and rolling programmes. The progression allows for effective planning, marking and feedback. Pupils have access to a range of different hardware and software which allows them to develop and consolidate their skills throughout their time at Stratford-sub-Castle Primary School. E-Safety/Online Safety is a strand that runs through every aspect of the Computing curriculum, ensuring pupils have a secure understanding of how to keep themselves safe online, including using social media and sharing private content when outside of school.