Computing

Curriculum Intent

‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’ (National Curriculum, 2014). Computing has become an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our pupil’s futures. At South Borough, we believe it is important for our Computing curriculum to deliver high quality teaching and learning by providing our pupils with digital skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on technology, whilst also embedding the importance of being safe online. Our intention is that there are also cross-curricular opportunities along with other subjects to engage pupils learning and enrich their experiences whilst at school. Our pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software, beside a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable the best possible outcomes and opportunities for future careers and aspirations.

Curriculum Implementation

At South Borough, we have planned our ICT curriculum using the National Curriculum aims and requirements in conjunction with Kapow’s sequence of learning. Computing is taught weekly throughout the school.

During computing, children will learn through whole class discussions, group and independent work which will all work towards a common goal. In line with Kapow’s sequence of learning, children build upon previous knowledge to further develop understanding and confidence in digital skills. Learning will be delivered in a way that is fascinating, engaging and exciting for all of our children, whilst working towards a purposeful outcome. Each child will have the opportunity to challenge their thinking and deepen their understanding through carefully planned questioning and activities which will be accessible to all.

Within each key stage’s programme of study, lessons have been designed to include three strands across all year groups; Computer science, Information technology and Digital literacy. These are taught in smaller strands which consist of computational thinking, computers and hardware, cross-curricular application, coding and online safety. All of our pupils have a right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing, enabling them with opportunities to succeed. 

Through the use of Kapow our children take a hands-on approach to their learning. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. Children at South Borough have opportunities to learn through different computing software, hardware and apps. Through Kapow’s sequence of learning, children will reach their potential through exciting and engaging activities.