Our Computing Curriculum
What is Computing?
Computing is the study of computers, technology and networks. It provides a link between science and Maths.
What is our approach to Computing at Holyport? (INTENT)
At Holyport Primary School, we encourage children to express their creativity and enhance their understanding of technology. Technology is everywhere and is already playing a vital role in children’s lives, so we want to utilise that opportunity and develop a life skill that will support the children throughout the educational journey, as well as adult life. We aim to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely, helping our children become more creative and confidence in using technology, through the broad curriculum that we are slowly implementing across all year groups to create a smooth development of skills and knowledge that will support the children’s success.
We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and aim to build the children’s knowledge and confidence through careful curriculum planning and development of different areas, throughout the whole school, allowing for progression and growth for the children.
We aim to continue to build our knowledge in Computing to allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology as we recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils and will always approach it safely to reflect the importance of technology in the current world today, educating the children to make a positive impact on their understanding.
What is our approach to Computing at Holyport? (Implementation)
Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively, showing independence when confident and support those that need it to create confidence and support each individual child.
We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. Our pupils will be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and by Upper Key Stage 2, children will have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
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.
At Holyport CE Primary, our drivers for Computing come from a scheme called "iLearn2" which follows the National Curriculum for Computing.
Children will have planned opportunities, throughout the curriculum, to access the computer room to support their learning of different subjects. Whether that is creating PowerPoints, Word documents or research. Children will work collaboratively develop skills that will, in turn, improve subject knowledge and allow them to be creative.
We value the connections we make within our local community, and are always seeking to develop working relationships with partners outside of the immediate school to enrich children's learning. If you have any links which may benefit the school, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us!
Curriculum Leader: Anthony Putman