Computing Curriculum Intent Statement

Through our computing curriculum at Raddlebarn we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing.  We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.  Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving  and critical thinking skills.  We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.

Raddlebarn Primary School has a dedicated ICT suite that is used for computing lessons together with Interactive Whiteboards in class rooms and class sets of ipads that are used across the curriculum.

We believe that computing is an essential part of the National Curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum areas. Through the study of computing, children are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives. For most of us, technology is essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational Thinking’ is a skill children must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.

The National Curriculum defines three clear aspects of the computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.

Through the computing curriculum children complete a number of projects each year covering: programming, computational thinking, creativity, computer networks, communication and collaboration and productivity. Online safety is taught in each year and children learn how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact. In addition to Computing lessons children benefit from outside agencies delivering special assemblies or projects on topics like online safety.