Our Learning Sequence
Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. Our vision at Bishop Parker is that children should be safe, confident, creative and independent users of technology and that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. Children will receive a high-quality computing education which will equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The use of Computing will also enhance and extend our children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst contributing to motivation and the development of social skills.
Together with our local computing hub, we have created a curriculum-map which has thoughtfully integrated recovery learning after some learning-gaps created during the COVID pandemic. Each of the strands of computing teaching will be taught each year, ensuring that we build on prior learning each year and provide a path to success for all children.
Bishop Parker’s computing curriculum has been developed to be able to deliver the National Curriculum for Computing in a way that that enables children to explore, analyse and apply knowledge. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate.
We intend to build a computing curriculum that;
· Develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them.
· Ensures all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
· Ensures pupils can analyse problems in computational terms and allows them to have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
· Prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
Teachers plan lessons following the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages. Our school has access to exciting equipment from our feeder schools which provide opportunities to create physical computing systems using coding skills learned in previous units.
Teachers give children the opportunity to use technology meaningfully and where appropriate across the wider curriculum.
Children will have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, and programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications. While using the resources in school, children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
Each unit taught in each year group will begin with a re-cap lesson on the importance of online safety, highlighting issues most relevant to that particular unit.