Computing curriculum

Intent : Knowledge, skills and the national curriculum

Our approach to the Computing Curriculum is through a topic based approach, underpinned by the HCAT Accelerated Learning Cycle approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principle themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive skills and knowledge that are vital for children to explore. At Mapplewell Primary School we believe it is important to ensure our pupils are using software correctly and that these basic skills are embedded from a young age.

The progressive document for Computing allows teachers to see what the vital skills are so our pupils can confidently use a software of their choice later on in their school journey. Coding is also taught discreetly throughout school ensuring that pupils develop their understanding of algorithms and programming.

Alongside this there are opportunities for our pupils to learn about E-Safety and the importance of keeping safe online. In February, annually, the school participates in E-Safety week to inform pupils and parents of current social media age restrictions and how to ensure pupils are aware of risks and how to safely use the internet. In addition pupils explore different uses of technology in the wider world.

The Computing knowledge and skills are taught covering 5 main areas:

Organising and searching (using the internet)

Using Software


Algorithms and programming

Uses of technology

The Computing Curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and can be easily adapted for pupils with additional needs.

implementation : accelerated learning

Computing (apart from Coding) is not taught discreetly, but is embedded across the whole curriculum and permeates many subjects such as History, Geography, Literacy and Art. The Computing Curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required for life in the 21st Century.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alistair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstration of learning and consolidation of learning in a variety of ways.

impact : formative and summative assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptations to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each pupil through differentiated activities or adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills.

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment tool to assess Foundation Subjects. The knowledge and skills based curriculum is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the next year group receiving teachers.


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