At Woodlands Primary and Nursery School, we follow the Computing Curriculum specified in the National Curriculum 2014. We have also incorporated the Education for a Connected World (2020) framework, which is designed to equip children and young people for a digital life.
Our computing curriculum is spilt into three aspects. These are:
- Computer Science –the core of computing where pupils are taught how digital systems work and how to use this knowledge to programme. Pupils learn the principles of computation and information.
- Information Technology – the application of using their computer science knowledge to create programs, systems and content.
- Digital Literacy – to use and develop their ideas through IT; use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; and understand computer networks including the internet. This will enable them to become active members of the future workforce. Each term, we focus on one aspect of the computing curriculum. At Woodlands, we strive to achieve a cross curricular approach, teaching computing skills in a variety of ways, to inspire all aspects of the computing curriculum, as it is recognised all of these three strands are of equal importance. To help us enhance the curriculum offer, we subscribe to PurpleMash as well as Education City. Each year group has a set of 16 laptops to help and support their learning and our curriculum is designed to ensure that our children know how to be safe online, as well as encouraging them to become good digital citizens.
Here at Woodlands, we recognise that all classes have children with widely differing computing abilities. This is especially true when some children have access to equipment at home, while others do not. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child.
Please click the links below to see how we assess children’s Computing progress at Woodlands: