Computing Curriculum WCPS- Progression of knowledge & skills

Intent: Knowledge, skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the Computing curriculum is through discrete lessons and where meaningful. links can be made it enhances some thematic/topics underpinned by the HCAT accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills that are vital for children to explore. At WCPS we believe it is important to ensure children 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 these vital skills are so children can confidently use a software of their choice later on in their school journey. Alongside this there are opportunities for children to learn about E-Safety and explore different uses of technology in the wider world. Coding is also taught throughout school ensuring that children develop their understanding of algorithms and programming.

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

  • Organising and Searching
  • Using Software
  • E-Safety and Responsibility
  • 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 meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation: Accelerated Learning

Computing is taught discreetly, but is embedded across the whole curriculum and permeates many subjects, such as: Literacy and Art. It is used in many curriculum areas and has raised interest, self esteem, creativity and aspirations of all children. 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 Alastair 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 demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact: Formative and Summative Assessment

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

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

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment 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 following teachers.

Computing progressive curriculum example