"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me"
Intent – How our curriculum is structured and organised
At The Queen’s School we offer a structured sequence of lessons, which ensure the aims of the National Curriculum are met. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology. Through our computing curriculum, pupils will be prepared to live safely in an increasingly digital society where they can evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems. Knowledge and skills are built on each year (see Knowledge and Skill Map below), ensuring connections are made to prior learning, supporting children to learn and remember more.
Implementation – How our curriculum is taught
We provide the children with an inspiring and creative bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. This ensures teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science.
Children have access to the hardware and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications which will support the acquisition of skills and knowledge.
Our implementation can be broken down to five areas:
We discuss in an age appropriate way, staying safe online, appropriate use of technology, cyberbullying, online gaming and social media. This is sometimes extended to the wider School community if appropriate
Creating simple and complex algorithms using various means such as floor robots and the Scratch language
Using the different software packages to create text, pictures and film. Understanding hardware and using the mouse, keyboard and other devices e.g. cameras
Greater understanding of the wide use of technology and how it affects their everyday life including effective use of search engines
Understand different data sources, use data handling software and analyse data
Wider Curriculum links and opportunities for the safe use of digital systems are considered in curriculum planning and as their skills develop children are encouraged to use and apply their knowledge throughout the curriculum. At The Queen's School, learners begin working with a range of technological devices from the very start of their learning journey in Reception. When they work towards the Early Learning Goal for Understanding the World: Technology.
EYFS are taught:
- To recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. To select and use technology for particular purposes.
From Years 1 to 6 Computing is taught as a separate subject throughout the school as well as being actively integrated into other subjects. Curriculum content covers:
Key stage 1: are 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: are 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
We use a wide range of industry and education approved resources including:
- Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel
- Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms
- MIT’s Scratch programming language
- Serif multimedia software MoviePlus and PhotoPlus
- A wide range of London Grid for Learning (LGFL) resources including Busy Things and 2 Simple
- Beebot floor programmable robots
Impact - A cohesive learning journey
Learning in computing is enjoyed across the school. Teachers have high expectations of all pupils and quality evidence is presented in a variety of forms. Children use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.