Primary National Curriculum 2014: Computing

“A high-quality computing education equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which children 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, children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that children 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.”

Computing at Hollington

At Hollington Primary Academy, Computing is an engaging and immersive subject that provides our children with the space to develop their reasoning and problem solving, alongside their determination and resilience. The collaborative approach allows children to develop strong inclusive team relationships in order to bring a concept to life. The project-based approach provides stimulating and challenging first-hand learning experiences which contextualise learning in the real world, bringing learning to life!

Our Computing curriculum is designed to develop children's knowledge across three core strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Children will engage in project based learning to give all learning a purpose and context. As part of this, we see it as essential that our children have a secure knowledge and understanding of online safety. Our online safety curriculum is taught discretely, underpinned by Google’s ‘Be Internet Legends’ during term one, as well as being intertwined throughout each project in our computing curriculum. This double thread approach is to ensure all children know exactly how to remain safe in our ever-evolving digital world.

Computing in Early Years
In Early years we use technology as a tool to enhance learning through play. It is used to support early communication, language and literacy and play through the use of voice recorders, cameras, bee-bots and the smart board. Children will know about different technologies in school and at home and begin to use technology for a purpose.

Computing in Key Stage 1
In Key Stage 1 at Hollington Primary Academy children begin to develop their core knowledge in computing. All learning sits within projects and children will explore: early stages of computer programming, developing their understanding of core software packages to produce products or display data, while becoming familiar with digital photography and filming. Running alongside these projects children will develop fundamental knowledge and skills about how to use technology safely and responsibility, as well as how to keep themselves safe in the online world.

Computing in Key Stage 2
In Key Stage 2 at Hollington Primary Academy children will build on the learning from Key Stage 1, deepening their knowledge. Children will experience more detailed computer coding in different programming languages, exploring web design, more sophisticated coding, and online blogs. Children will develop an understanding of the internet and how it functions, including unpicking how networks work. They will also experience a wider range of software packages to accomplish specific goals, including Computer Aided Design, data analysis and music composition. Running alongside these projects, children will also deepen their knowledge about how to become safe and responsible online citizens.

The impact of our Computing curriculum is that, by the end of Key Stage 2, all of our children will possess secure knowledge and understanding to develop secure foundations in Computing. Overall, we want our children  to aspire to ‘Think Big’, having an interest in the technology that will support their journey to becoming technologically aware citizens, prepared for the future world in which they will live.