Together at Christ Church, the computing curriculum aims for children to not just gain knowledge of computational information and an understanding of how things work, but also to develop children’s skills and critical thinking so that they can be better citizens of the world.
Our curriculum aims to:
Develop children’s knowledge and understanding of information and computation within computer science, understanding how digital systems work to enable them to put this into practice through programming.
Teach children how to produce a range of __ using technology, developing their digital literacy and equipping them for the future.
Give opportunities for children to create programs and systems for a purpose.
Provide opportunities for children to explore a range of technology, learning about the many uses that can be found in this ever-growing digital age.
Our curriculum aims to:
Foster children’s curiosity and creativity, with a range of open-ended and hands-on activities in which the children have freedom to explore and develop.
Advance children’s computational thinking, enabling them to look critically at problems and seek solutions.
Allow children to make mistakes, and celebrate it! The children know that when something isn’t working correctly, this is an opportunity to debug, search for solutions and gain skills which can be applied in many other areas of their learning. This also provides time for reflection and personal growth. Children’s resilience is constantly emboldened.
Our curriculum aims to:
Provide applications for children’s whole lives and the wider world.
Give children the tools to better understand the world
Provide children with skills that can be applied across the curriculum in a wide range of subject areas. Children are able to further develop their skills in many areas, as computing lends itself to cross-curricular learning and exploration: whether to practise times tables, use their mathematical and geographical skills to program a robot, to sketch a flower, to research a project, or even develop their word processing skills by typing a story.
Ensure that throughout the whole school, our children recognise that whilst the internet is a precious and invaluable resource, they have a responsibility to behave and act considerably whilst using it, keeping themselves and others safe online as they become responsible digital citizens of the world.
As the aims of Computing are to equip children with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. Children are given direct instruction on how to use hardware or software (for example, how to control floor robots or use Scratch for coding); thereafter the main emphasis of our teaching in ICT or computing is for individuals or groups of children to use computers to help them solve problems or support whatever they are trying to study. So, for example, children might research a history topic by using special software programs, or they might investigate a particular issue on the Internet.
We encourage the children to explore ways in which the use of ICT and computing can improve their results, for example, how a piece of writing can be edited or how the presentation of a piece of work can be improved. We recognise that all classes have children with widely differing ICT abilities. This is especially true when some children have access to an increasing range of ICT equipment (whether a pc, laptop, tablet or smartphone) at home, while others do not. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways, by:
Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
Setting tasks of increasing difficulty (not all children complete all tasks);
Providing resources of different complexity that are matched to the ability of the child;
Pairing children of differing ability to build confidence and meet needs;
We assess the children’s work in computing by making informal judgements as we observe the children during lessons. Samples of the children’s work may also be kept in the ‘Pupil Drive’ on the school server, organised into year groups and classes. These can be monitored to compare with the expected levels of achievement in ICT and computing for each age group in the school.
However, the impact of our children’s computing education is proved by how our children leave Christ Church as digitally literate, able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology; as considerate and responsible citizens of the digital and non-digital world; as high-level thinkers who are able to use computational thinking and creativity not only to understand, but to change, the world.