Through our Computing curriculum we want to encourage a love of computing technology by fostering the children’s interests and enthusiasm in the subject. Using Kapow Primary's Computing scheme we aim for the children to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil's appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to, create, manage, organise and collaborate. Tinkering' with software and programs forms a part of the ethos of the scheme as we want to develop pupil's confidence when encountering new technology. Through our curriculum, we intend for our pupils to not only learn to be digitally competent and have a range of transferable skills at a suitable level for the future workplace, but also to be responsible online citizens so they can live safely as independent life learners.
Our computing curriculum covers the four key areas, as outlined in the National Curriculum:
- Computer science: understanding and applying the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Information technology: evaluating and applying information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, and solving problems analytically
- Digital literacy: analysing problems in computational terms, and having repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Online safety: providing the children with guidance that prepares them to live safely in the digital world around them.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that, when children leave Great Kimble Church of England School, they are competent and safe users of IT with an understanding of how technology works. Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equips pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges allowing them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.