We aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology. Our computing curriculum is designed using the National Curriculum to prepare children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology. Our curriculum design also has deep links across other curriculum areas. We specialise our curriculum in E-safety, programming, handling data, multimedia, and technology. The children are taught to be proficient in programmes such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and other programmes such as Audacity. The content lets the children develop a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to our lives. We intend for the curriculum to be varied, exciting and interesting. Our aim is to ensure children are digitally literate in order for them to use and express themselves through communication technology. It is designed by ourselves and we do not use a published scheme.
Computing skills are taught both discretely and across the curriculum, supporting other areas of learning across the school. We aim for our lessons to contain elements of revision, analysis and problem solving. We support the children’s previous knowledge and build upon this by introducing new concepts and challenges using our skills progression. We have a skills progression and curriculum map that indicates the areas and skills of computing that we teach. It also includes key vocabulary so teachers can understand the progression of specific language and assess understanding through vocabulary.
In EYFS, children are encouraged to use technology to support personal learning enquiries and promote expressive skills.
In Key Stage 1, children are taught to use equipment and software confidently, to handle information and support their problem solving and recording skills. The children develop their skills and use of algorithms, programming and coding.
In Key Stage 2, lessons are focussed on algorithms, programming and coding too, but this is executed in a more intricate way and the children investigate a range of different purposes. We work on handling data, and this is more heavily focussed in the upper half of KS2. We also spend time supporting children to develop knowledge of the important technological elements of computer networks and internet services.
All children learn the importance of e-Safety and we also aim to immediately address any current digital issues that may arise.
After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at Redmarley Academy will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be 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 our children is that they are confident using a wide range of hardware and software and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another.
If you were to walk in to our school, there would be a clear use of technology both independently and collaboratively across all key stages. Throughout the curriculum, computing hardware and software are effectively utilised. We aim for clear progression in technical skills throughout the year groups. Children are enthusiastic and proactive learners due to their effective computing curriculum.