Computing is a fundamental part of the curriculum and everyday life due to the ever-growing and changing world around us. At Stanford, we want to prepare children for future jobs that may not exist yet using technology that may not have been developed. In order to do this, we want to instil in our children the skills they need to solve problems and remain safe online as well as the knowledge they need of digital systems in order to successfully create programmes and use technology as an effective form of communicating.
We teach the three main areas of the computing curriculum:
- Computer science - starting with simple algorithms using Bee-Bots, moving into block-based visual programming and culminating in an introduction to the programming languages of HTML and Python. By introducing these programming language skills to our children, we are preparing them for not just secondary school, but beyond.
- Information technology - children will become competent in using a wide variety of programs and software for a range of purposes. Information technology is woven throughout the wider curriculum, ensuring that the application of the skills taught have a meaningful outcome.
- Digital literacy will be taught alongside our Wellbeing curriculum to support our children in becoming confident conscientious online users. Each year group has a unit on being Online Communicators which raises their awareness of both the benefits and the risks of using technology.
At Stanford, we have the use of a range of digital devices including programmable toys, cameras, iPads and Chromebooks. The platform for our Computing Curriculum is through Google Suite which is a secure, office and productivity app based service stored in the cloud. Pupils have their own accounts which enables them to complete individual and collaborative computing projects.
- Children design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals.
- Children use logical reasoning to explain how simple algorithms work including debugging.
- Children are able to use search technologies effectively.
- Children can use and combine a variety of software including analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
- Children understand the opportunities for communication and collaboration that being online provides.
- Children all use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly, and recognise acceptable and unacceptable behaviour.
Children with Special, Educational Needs including those who attend the Specialist Provision, follow the Computing Curriculum which is delivered and adapted to meet their individual needs especially for digital literacy content. We continue to explore new ways to support the wider learning of children with SEN using various software and modes of technology with a view to promote their access to the wider curriculum and greater levels of independence.
Computing Curriculum Maps