Subject Statement of Intent – Computing
Technology is rapidly changing the lives of everyone. At Holy Rosary, we recognise how work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Therefore, we want to give children a high-quality computing education, so that they are well equipped to face the ever-changing world. We believe that high-quality computing provision is important to enable to children to be confident and independent learners, and provide children with a board and balanced curriculum.
All children will experience a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills, explicitly within Computing lessons and across other curriculum subjects. By the time children leave school they will have gained knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
We aim for all children to:
- Be able to create simple computer programmes and use these to solve problems.
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- Know how to use computer systems to store, retrieve and send information.
- Use technology safely and respectfully.
- Identify a range of ways in which they can report any concerns they have, in relation to content and contact.
Each class throughout the school has a 45-minute stand-alone computing session lead by their class teacher, each week. During these sessions the children have the opportunity to work on the skills related to the three main areas of the computing curriculum, building on the skills and knowledge that they have acquired in previous years. Opportunities for the use of computing skills are also provided by class teachers when teaching other subject areas.
The teaching and implementation of the Computing Curriculum at Holy Rosary School is based on the National Curriculum and linked to subject themes to ensure a well-structured approach. This has been developed with support from a specific computing teacher. Progression maps show clear progression of knowledge and skills being developed.
Most importantly, we want children at Holy Rosary to know how to use technology in a safe and respectful way. Children at Holy Rosary will have cross-curricular lessons which will allow them to use technology in a range of contexts. Children will learn new skills through computing sessions, in order to excite them and learn how to use technology in ways that they haven’t before. When children learn these new skills, they are accessible and children will be able to transfer these skills into their daily life.