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“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn.”
– Steve Jobs
The intent of our computing curriculum is to deliver a curriculum which is accessible to all and that will maximise the development of every child’s ability and academic achievement in computing. We want our children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
The key intentions for our computing curriculum are to:
• build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them.
• design a curriculum with appropriate subject knowledge, skills and understanding as set out in the National Curriculum so that children can reach and exceed their potential in the key strands of information technology, computer science and digital literacy.
• build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society.
• prepare pupils for the challenges posed by digital systems in a modern British society.
In order to provide a range of opportunities for our children to develop as independent, successful learners with high aspirations, our Computing curriculum is also intrinsically linked to our whole school curriculum drivers:
• Gospel Values
Through Computing and Safer Internet Day we ensure that children know the importance of using technology safely and respectfully, becoming safer digital citizens. This will leave them prepared for the possible pitfalls of an increasingly connected world, but excited by the infinite opportunities it has to offer.
• Cultural Capital
Throughout their school life, there are opportunities for children to become more culturally aware using the immediate environment of home, school and local area. Expectations around pupils becoming effective communicators by using social media, email and blogging are enhanced in school with increasing parental engagement. By the end of primary school, pupils are confident and clear communicators who are able to articulate their views and opinions, in a range of situations, thus enabling them to become responsible citizens who enhance the community they live in.
At Emmaus, the children are taught that computer scientists come in all varieties. There are people of different genders, ages and ethnicities explored in each year group and displayed in the computing suite.
Our children become independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. They also are encouraged to be creative, explorative, resilient, inventive and flexible with computers and software.
• High expectations
The children are set high expectations which inspire, motivate and challenge them and are set goals that stretch and challenge children from all backgrounds, abilities and dispositions.
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing, we equip children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. At Emmaus, teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events, their own teaching style, the use of any support staff and the resources available.
We ensure that all children are provided with rich learning experiences that aim to:
• offer our pupils a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares them to use ‘computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world’.
• enable pupils to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
• equip pupils to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experiences of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
• allow opportunities for pupils to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
• empower pupils to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The children at Emmaus will leave equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation will become second nature.