"Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn."
"Computing is my favourite lesson because it's preparing me for my dream job of being a computer game creator." - Oliver, Year 5
At Todwick Primary School, we intend to develop ‘thinkers of the future’ through a modern, ambitious and relevant education in computing. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity that will enable them to become active participants in the digital world. Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online. Through our curriculum, we intend for pupils to not only be digitally competent and have a range of transferrable skills at a suitable level for the future workplace, but also to be responsible online citizens.
- At Todwick Primary School, our lessons follow the ‘Kapow’ Computing scheme which ensures a broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum
- The ‘Kapow’ scheme of work is organised into five key areas, creating a cyclical route through which pupils can develop their computing knowledge and skills by revisiting and building on previous learning. These five areas are:
- computer systems and networks
- creating media
- data handling
- online safety
- Computing is taught as a discrete subject, but is also embedded in other subjects within the curriculum
- Children will have access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge
- Children will have access to the hardware and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications (computers, tablets, programmable equipment)
- Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy
- The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment and in the ICT Suite
- The needs of all learners, including those with SEND, will be met through providing additional resources and support where needed (screen overlays, dual case keyboards etc.)
After the implementation of our Computing curriculum, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and be active participants in the ever-increasing digital world.
- Be critical thinkers and able to understand how to make informed and appropriate digital choices in the future
- Understand the importance that computing will have going forward in both their education and working life and in their social and personal futures
- Show a clear progression of technical skills across all areas of the National Curriculum – computer science, information technology and digital literacy
- Be able to use technology both individually and as part of a collaborative time
- Be aware of online safety issues and protocols and be able to deal with any problems in a responsible and appropriate manner
- Have an awareness of developments in technology and have an idea of how current technologies work and relate to one another
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Computing
Class Two have been using the 'Stop Motion Studio' app to create their own animations. We think they are brilliant and the children have done an amazing job!