The aim of our Computing Curriculum is to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Subject Leader - Mrs L. Challis
Teaching and Learning in Computing:
At Reigate Priory we believe that digital technology plays a vital role in children’s learning; not only does it provide exciting opportunities that children want to engage in, but develops their skills, knowledge and understanding of an integral part of our modern society. Online safety is a crucial part of children’s education in today’s digital world and is embedded in their learning at our school. As our pupils progress through their education and into the world of work, it will be essential that they are fully computer literate and inspired to use, manipulate and develop their skills in creative, problem solving situations.
Our curriculum provides a spectrum of knowledge as it teaches skills for digital literacy, information technology and computer science. We are providing children with the what, why and how. Computing as a subject also allows the children to gain key skills such as critical and computational thinking, both skills that will help them in later life.
Our computing curriculum, using iPads, is based around three areas: algorithms and programming, information technology and digital literacy. Children are taught within all three areas each year, building upon previous learning using a range of programmes and applications on iPads. Learning can be integrated into a topic or taught discretely. Digital literacy, including online safety, is taught every half-term and based around the Google Internet Legends scheme of work alongside the Jigsaw PSHE curriculum.
Children’s learning is peer and self assessed against success checkers as well as receiving feedback from the teacher. Learning is benchmarked by the Focus Assessment Criteria to ensure standards and progress.
Contribution to SMSC and British Values:
- Exploring how ICT can bring rapid benefits to discussions and tolerance to an individual's beliefs.
- Understanding the limitations and abuse of the internet so children can question and justify aims, values and principles of their own and others' belief system.
- Exploring how ICT developments have had an impact on the environment as technology has meant that old ways of working have been changed to help the environment.
- Promoting group work within lessons as well as practical tasks.
- Understanding social media and the advantages these sites have brought as well as the issues such as cyber bullying.
- Considering how the development in technology has impacted different people in different ways.
At the end of the Key Stage a Reigate Priory Computing Learner can:
- Be confident in understanding how to use a variety of technology safely, including online.
- Understand the principles of information and computation; how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through coding, programming and problem solving.
- Use technologies effectively, select use and combine a variety of software on a range of devices and present, evaluate and analyse their results and findings.