The National Curriculum states that, ‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ In order to change the world, they first need to understand how it is currently shaped by technology and the everyday impact it has. Therefore, we want pupils to be confident, competent and safe with a variety of devices and programmes. We aim to develop our pupil’s understanding, knowledge and skills so they are able to apply what they have learnt to everyday situations. To do this, we ensure that our rich and relevant curriculum covers computer programming, information technology, computer literacy and being safe online. This curriculum has been designed to be progressive and, whenever possible, integrated into the wider curriculum of our school.
It is our intention for pupils to leave Alverstoke Junior School equipped to use a range of technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. We aim for them to be confident in a variety of software that they can independently select to meet a goal or to express themselves. We want pupils to feel equipped to be active participants in a digital world, skilful computer scientists and to begin to use technology to better the world around them.
This is implemented through our Computing curriculum which is taught through a scheme of work which contains four key strands:
- Computer programming
- Computer literacy
- Information technology
- Online safety
The long-term map ensures a computing unit is taught per term (either: computer programming, computer literacy or information technology) alongside online safety/PDL units. These units are in line with the national curriculum and are either part of the school’s integrated curriculum or are taught discretely.
The impact of our computing curriculum aims for pupils to have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them access and use a range of technology in a safe and creative way. Pupils will have developed skills that equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to not only understand the world but begin to change it.
We hope that all pupils leave Alverstoke Junior School inspired by, passionate about and changed by computing, ready to use their acquired skills and knowledge not only through Secondary School but beyond into their adult lives and careers.