The Computing Curriculum at Holy Family Catholic Primary School
At Holy Family, we believe a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Pupils are taught using the ‘icompute’ scheme of work, coupled with a range of well-known software and resources. This approach enables children to be taught effective computing skills for life in word process and formula writing alongside more specific skills in coding and programming. Internet safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning. Computing is also cross-curricular, progressing children's learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Key stage 1 - Pupils are taught to:
Key stage 2 - Pupils are taught to:
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in their programme of study. At Holy Family, we use summative and formative assessment, coupled with pupil voice, to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers’ planning, thus ensuring the learners’ progression.
E-Safety is an integral part of our computing curriculum. As well as E-Safety week, termly lessons concentrate on teaching learners how to keep themselves, and others, safe online. Our teaching aims to highlight the positive uses of technology and explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.