Curriculum Intent

At South Borough, we intend that children should master Computing to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Computing and make use of Computing effectively in their everyday lives, without being completely reliant on technology. Our children will be taught to use technology responsibly and carefully, being mindful of how their behaviour, words and actions can affect others. Our children will be taught Computing in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of technology in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress and enrich their experiences whilst at school.

Curriculum Implementation

We follow a broad and balanced Computing curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a Computing scheme Kapow, that ensures progression in both knowledge and skills and covers all aspects of the Computing curriculum. All classes will have a scheduled Computing lesson each week. Within each key stage 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.

During Computing lessons, children will learn through whole class discussions, group and independent work, which will all work towards a common goal. Learning will be delivered in a way that is fascinating, engaging and exciting for all of our children, whilst working towards a purposeful outcome. Children’s work will be stored on Google Classroom and in Key Stage 1, they will also use their broader curriculum books for reference and assessment. In EYFS, with the exception of Unit 1: Using a computer, all lessons are carried out in the classroom or outdoor area. The play-based lessons focus on un-plugged skills (those learnt away from a computer) and build a strong foundation of knowledge needed for computing lessons in Key stage 1. We want to ensure that Computing is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using technology are always taken.