Computing at Friars
The computing curriculum at Friars is structured into three sections. Computer Science, IT and Digital Literacy. We follow a sequence of lessons, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge, and variety. Children will learn how to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and develop analytical problem-solving skills to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology. Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence.
- Each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem-solving.
- Lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and
- Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning.
- In the Early Years we want children to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
- We want all children to think about sensible amounts of screen time and the impact screens can have on us, positive and negative.
- In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully.
- In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes.
- Children will also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and
- Adult guides are offered with schemes of work, enabling staff to feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met.
- Progression of specific language/vocabulary involved in computing is promoted in the different lessons, and can be found on the unit sheets.
- Children’s voices will be recorded in yearly pupil interviews that will reflect the children’s opinions.
- Internet safety day / e-safety
Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Work will be saved on the network or via Digital Learning Journeys. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident in using a range of hardware and software and see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.