Computing

The Computing Subject Leader is Mr Weeks

Subject Pupil Ambassadors for Computing are Rosie and Jim.

https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/school-year/subject-guides/computer-science-at-primary-school/

Curriculum Drivers

Curriculum drivers shape our curriculum breadth and our ambition for our children to study the best of what has been thought and said by many generations of academics and scholars.

They are derived from an exploration of our children’s backgrounds, within our locality, underpinned by our beliefs about high quality education and our values, rooted in the Mission of the Church. They are used to ensure we give our children appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities, applicable to them. The fundamental principles of education, within all subject areas, at St Joseph’s are:

  1. Growth: Pupils aspire to be the best and grow to achieve their dreams.
  2. Diversity: Our pupils recognise the diverse world in which we live, in turn broadening their horizons.

Threshold Concepts in Computing

These are the ‘big ideas’ that shape our children’s thinking within each subject. The same threshold concepts will be explored in every year group and the children will gradually increase their understanding of them.

Exploring a concept will never be complete; our children will continue to explore them for as long as they study the subject, within different contexts, to ensure this learning has tangibility and meaning.

Essential Characteristics of Computing

  • Code

This concept involves developing an understanding of instructions, logic and sequences.

  • Connect

This concept involves developing an understanding of how to safely connect with others.

  • Communicate

This concept involves using apps to communicate one’s ideas.

  • Collect

This concept involves developing an understanding of databases and their uses.

Each child will develop the following characteristics, during their time at St Joseph’s, when exploring the Threshold Concepts:

  • Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
  • The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.
  • An understanding of the connected nature of devices.
  • The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
  • The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.

Breadth of Study

The overview below provides a breadth of study which meets the requirements of the National Curriculum:

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2
• Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.

• Write and test simple programs.

• Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.

• Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats.

• Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.

• Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.

• Use sequence, selections and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.

• Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works, detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.

• Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.

• Describe how internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.

• Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.

 

Milestones

Because the Threshold Concepts are repeated in every year group, it is important that the children progress in their understanding of them. Therefore, ‘Milestones’ are used, which contain a range of descriptors which give more detail to be discovered within the concept. Over a two year period (for example, Years 1 and 2), the children will become more and more familiar with these details by exploring them in a breadth of contexts. Milestones form part of our internal Medium Term Plans.

Useful Curriculum Links:

https://www.purplemash.com/sch/stjosephswf9

https://www.barefootcomputing.org/homelearning