At St Paul’s, we aim to inspire and encourage children’s love for computing, providing them with skills and tools that enabling them to thrive and survive online and in an increasing technological world. Our computing curriculum combines the teaching of basic IT for computer literacy with developing wider skills such as programming, data and data representation, communication and networks, and hardware and processing.
Each year, we build upon knowledge and technical vocabulary to strengthen understanding. From understanding that all the things that are programmed in our environment to writing simple algorithms to building online games, skills are developed from EYFS through to Year 6. Many lessons are ‘unplugged’ (theoretical), allowing children to explore more abstract concepts in a concrete way: taking apart laptops to identify their components or using drama to understand how networks communicate.
E-Safety is vital in the modern world and therefore is taught explicitly every half term and revisited in any lesson that requires an online resource. Children learn what information to consider private and personal, how to communicate appropriately online, how to report unwanted behaviour and to develop a positive ‘digital footprint’ – something that is incredibly important in later life. Additionally, computing is used across the curriculum to strengthen children’s knowledge in many subjects. Learning how to use key software such as Word, Powerpoint, Publisher, Excel or their equivalent is a life-long skill and repeatedly re-visited.