At Woodthorpe, we aim to provide children with a high-quality computing education which equips them to become digitally literate (able to use and develop their ideas through the use of technology). Technology is essential to our lives: we firmly believe that children must be taught the fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding relating to computing if they are to succeed in the future workplace as active participants in a digital world- a key skill for life.
Naturally, our ambitious computing curriculum challenges our children, prompts their curiosity and extends understanding around the coding and algorithms that ultimately underpin technology. Children learn through exploring and investigating the internet, whilst simultaneously gaining a secure understanding around how they can use it positively, safely and respectfully. It is through computing that children at Woodthorpe are inspired to explore technology, which in turn allows our children to thrive in today’s ever-progressing technical world.
At Woodthorpe Primary, children take part in a computing lesson once a week, whilst also using their computing skills to support other subjects. This helps to ensure that sufficient time is allocated to computing and that computing subject matter can be revisited frequently. We believe that by crafting our curriculum in this way, we can improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, to alter their long-term memory and thus improve the rates of progress they make.
Throughout our computing lessons at Woodthorpe, we use the published scheme, Kapow. As a result of this, our curriculum is split up into three key areas: computer science; information technology and digital literacy. In each lesson, this is then broken down further into topics that consider: computing systems and networks; programming; creating media; data handling and online safety. These are revisited year on year where pupils progressively build their skills and knowledge. We frequently revisit online safety through themed days and celebrations such as, ‘Safer Internet Day’.
Through the use of Kapow, children will learn how computers and computer systems work; they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. After the implementation of the high quality computing curriculum, children will be digitally literate. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly- safely.