Aims of the Computing National Curriculum
As a maintained school, Woodchester follows the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, which aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
The Computing Curriculum is not just about the more traditional aspects of computer science, but also ensures that children are safely able to become digitally literate in an increasingly digital world.
Computing at Woodchester Endowed Church of England Primary School
Within EYFS, the early learning goals focus on a child’s understanding of the world around them. Whilst there are a number of early learning goals which can be accomplished using modern technology, the key early learning area is for children to be able to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. Children are expected to be able to select and use technology for particular purposes.
Within KS1 the computing curriculum is split into 4 key areas:
- Algorithms and programming:
- Creating, organising, storing and manipulating digital content
- Using technology safely and respectfully
- Recognising common uses of IT beyond school.
The KS2 curriculum then builds on that and focuses on:
- Extending the use of algorithms and programming skills
- Investigating the use of computer networks and the benefits they bring
- How to use the internet to search, retrieve and sort information
- How to use software to create, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and data
- How to stay safe online.
Staying safe online is at the centre of all our computer and IT learning in order to allow the children to grow their own IT skills safely and securely. We follow the National Online Safety organisation, which aims to educate trusted adults with the information needed to teach children about the online world, online activities and the ever-evolving risks that they could be exposed to. We also work closely with the Police and other national organisations to ensure we have the latest information.
We aim to make computing cross-curricular where possible so that children can understand how digital or computer science aspects can fit with other areas of learning. For example, children can apply their mathematical knowledge of angles and measurement when programming the ProBot cars, using laptops to research a topic and create a presentation to show the class or by using an unplugged activity such as lego pairs to write a set of code, or instruction text, in literacy.