Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing, we equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. At Rainford C of E, we believe in a computing curriculum that is easy to follow and will equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to use technology safely and creatively. Computing isn’t a subject just about memorising facts and vocabulary words, it's about solving complex problems, being able to collaborate with others and learn from mistakes. We want children to become independent and to have fun with technology while developing 21st-century skills.
We aim that our computing curriculum meets the interests of all learners, with a range of exciting creative activities and open-ended challenges based on the essential requirements of the computing program of study. We also ensure children can build on their understanding, as each new concept and skill is taught with opportunities for children to revisit skills and knowledge as they progress through school.
By the time that children leave Rainford C of E we aim that they possess the following non-negotiable digital skills:
• All children must have a basic understanding of coding and how the web works.
• All children must able to evaluate online information and be social media savvy.
• All children must understand online safety rules and know how to report and block.
• All children must be proficient with word processing and able to use cloud storage.
• All children must be able to create visually engaging content/presentations in order to present learning to others.
• All children must have experience of online collaboration and using communication tools.
• All children must be taught the concept of personal archiving and possess their own digital portfolio of work.
The new national curriculum defines three clear aspects of computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
The curriculum follows a two-year cycle. This means that children could join the cycle in either Year A or Year B. Therefore, in order to ensure progression of knowledge, skills and understanding we have organised the three aspects of computing to be taught a number of times throughout the year. This will enable children to cover all the objectives for that aspect for their key stage within the year. The children will be given opportunity to revise learning in subsequent terms.