“Everybody should learn how to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think” – Steve Jobs
At Wormholt Park Primary School, our intent is that pupils see technology as a key part of modern learning. We believe that teaching pupils about how computers and the internet work ensures the impact that they are prepared for the new challenges and problems of the future. To ensure our pupils are taught consistently to a high standard, we use Kapow’s Computing Schemes of Work.
Our Computing scheme aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil’s appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to create, manage, organise, and collaborate. Tinkering with software and programs forms a part of the ethos of the scheme, as we want to develop pupil’s confidence when encountering new technology. Through our curriculum, we intend for pupils not only to be digitally competent and have a range of transferable skills at a suitable level for the future workplace, but also to be responsible online citizens.
The scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage Attainment targets outlines in the National Curriculum and the aims align with those in it. When used in conjunction with our RSE and PSHE scheme, out Computing scheme of work also satisfies all of the objectives of the DfE’s ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework. This guidance was created to help equip children for life in the digital world, including developing their understanding of appropriate online behaviour, copyright issues, being discerning consumers of online information and the healthy use of technology.
The National Curriculum purpose of study is:
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Therefore, our scheme of work is designed with three strands which run throughout:
Our National Curriculum mapping document shows which of our units cover each of the national curriculum attainment targets as well as each of these three strands. Our Progression of skills shows the skills that are taught within each year group and how these skills develop year on year to ensure attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
Our scheme 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:
The implementation of our scheme ensures a broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum requirements, and our ‘Skills showcase’ units provide pupils with the opportunity to learn and apply transferable skills. Where meaningful, units have been created to link to other subjects such as science, art and music to enable the development of further transferable skills and genuine cross-curricular learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent Tasks, paired and group work as well as unplugged and digital activities. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that all pupils can access lessons and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective and robust computing curriculum. Each of our units of lessons include teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD.
The impact of our Computing scheme can be constantly monitored through summative assessment opportunities.
After the implementation of our scheme, 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.
The expect impact of follow the Computing scheme of work is that children will: