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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:

  • 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 - Pupils 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.

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

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.

The Holy Family Catholic Primary School Wider Opening Risk Assessment
If you require any assistances from the school, please email the office. office@holyfamily.kent.sch.uk
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