For all children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world (National Curriculum 2014). We aim for children to become digitally literate to prepare them for the future workplace and ultimately become safe and active participants in a digital world. To equip children with the skills to feel empowered to navigate a world where digital technology is continually evolving, and to use these skills to analyse and solve problems in computational terms. All children will flourish and be KS3 ready at the end of Year 6, in order to further their Computing skills at secondary school.
At St. Mary’s, we use the Teach Computing curriculum to deliver our Computing lessons. We chose this curriculum as it is built around an innovative and progressive framework allowing for progression of skills from KS1 all the way through to KS4. Through using the Teach Computing curriculum, we ensure that children cover the three stands of Computing (information technology, digital literacy and computer science) thoroughly, resulting in responsible, competent, confident and creative users of technology. The curriculum is delivered in “blocks” whereby children will spend one week each half term covering each unit in order to encourage depth of learning. Opportunities are provided for children to apply their computing skills across the curriculum. As well as off-timetable activities for Safer Internet day each year, each class delivers one online safety lesson per week, using resources from the Project Evolve platform.