Computing is an integral part of everyday life as it has links with maths, science and design technology and plays a significant part in our children’s futures. The aim of the curriculum is to build an understanding of how computers work and how they can be used in pupils’ lives – both in their future employment and in enabling them to be active 21st Century global citizens. At St Thomas' we aim to give our pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise technology in a socially responsible and safe way. We encourage computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The Computing curriculum develops both skills and knowledge and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which ensures that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient.
The curriculum puts a clear emphasis on five areas of learning:
- Programming: how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
- Data Handling: how data is represented and managed on computers.
- Tech In Our Lives: using the internet and communicating online.
- Multimedia: creating and presenting online media.
- E-Safety: how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.
Computing is taught using the 2014 National Curriculum as its basis. To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. All children are given the opportunity to access the curriculum at their level and are provided with the resources required to enhance their understanding.
To implement the curriculum we use Chromebooks and ipads. We have a set of 30 brand new iPads, 62 Chromebooks and 30 headphones. In addition, each key stage has access to a handful of iPads in their classrooms. We also use the following software/web apps: Google Drive, Purple Mash, Times Tables Rockstars and Evidence Me.
Our Computing Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression and build on/embed skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different computational components and, like other subjects, discreet vocabulary progression forms part of the units of work. Children are teacher assessed each term in line with all other non-core subjects. Staff evidence progress through Google Drive and Purple Mash.