The intent of the computing curriculum
At Berkswich CE Primary, we understand that a high-quality computing education is essential for children to understand modern information and communication technologies (ICT), and for them to use these skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world. At Berkswich CE we, have, therefore, created a curriculum which focuses on children learning to face new technology with eager confidence, recognising that errors are an inevitable part of the learning process.
The aim of Computing is to teach children how to use technology in a range of ways and to understand how to use these in a safe way. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Through our computer science lessons, we want pupils to develop creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We aim to ensure that all of our children become digitally literate and able to make informed choices in a digital world. The use of technology is now essential in many aspects of life and children need to be equipped with the knowledge and skills to embrace emerging technology and to use it efficiently. We aim to inspire pupils to continue to learn and apply the skills they learn at secondary school, university, and beyond in the workplace.
We ensure that all children understand how to use the internet safely and how to safeguard their own personal data when using websites and apps. We thread a curriculum supporting online and digital safety throughout every year, rather than just through separate events, keenly aware of the vital importance of keeping children safe and also preparing them to be kind, safe and responsible community members now and in the future.
Our computing planning is cumulative with a coherent progression of interconnected knowledge and skills, purposefully driving forward each child’s computational thinking. It is ambitious for all groups, including SEND. Greater depth opportunities are available for every learner to reflect our high expectations; indeed, challenge is relished in computing, providing opportunities for children to be tenacious and build independence and creativity.