At Holy Name RC Primary, we provide a high-quality computing education that equips our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world around them. Our curriculum aims to prepare the children for life in the 21st century by encouraging them to develop a deeper understanding of technology and enabling them to participate effectively in this digital world.
Being based in the heart of Manchester, the city responsible for inventing the first computer and playing a pivotal role in code breaking during WW2 we endeavour to foster a creative approach to computing and critical thinking.
Computing is taught through the framework of the 2014 National curriculum. The principles and content of its requirements have been carefully placed at the heart of the school’s programmes of study in computing. Our computing curriculum long term plan therefore, has been specifically designed to include the highest quality content and resources available, incorporating unit plans from the National Centre for Computing Educations’ Teach Computing Curriculum as well as other lesson resources and content, provided by Barefoot Computing and utilising other high quality published schemes. Our teachers are able to provide the children with high-quality, cross-curricular lessons that equip them with foundational skills and the knowledge and understanding of computing that they will need for the rest of their lives. The scheme is structured through the National Curriculum Framework to ensure the children have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, experiences and competencies within technology. We have an E- Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on E-Safety and the children are taught about how to stay safe when using technology. As a school, we also use and follow the guidance from ‘ThinkUKnow’, which is an online resource that is aimed at children and reiterates the importance of staying safe online through fun activities, presentations and animations.
With the main focus being Computer Science, the children are taught about how computers and computer systems work, how to design and build programs, how to develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
Through introducing children at an early age to simple coding, we support them in strengthening their logical thinking and problem solving skills which in turn support their mathematical development.
As children gather more experience in designing simple programs, they understand how to better plan and organise their thoughts, skills which are generally transferable and are particularly helpful when developing good writing skills.
By ensuring our children are competent in using ICT equipment effectively, we facilitate opportunities for them to enhance their learning across the National Curriculum, through being able to conduct research, analyse information and present their thinking and creativity.
Pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The teaching of our Computing curriculum will give our children a head start in acquiring the required level of digital literacy to become full and active participants on an ever more digital world.
Computing Curriculum Implementation
All of our computing sessions are planned and taught by experienced and knowledgeable members of staff, including lessons for every year group taught by a recognised computing specialist teacher, allowing for a consistent application of the curriculum throughout the Key Stages. High-quality computing sessions allow for the development of skills that are transferable to other curriculum areas such as; Science, Mathematics, English and Religious Education. In all Key Stages, we teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:
Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.