Curriculum Intent for Computing

Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. At primary school, Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed, as well as how to use technology safely and responsibly. 

A key aim of the Computing curriculum is to develop children’s ‘computational thinking’ skills, which can also benefit their learning in other subjects. Computational thinking allows us to solve problems, design systems, find and fix mistakes, explain our ideas and develop better ways to achieve a goal. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to understand and use computer-based technology, as well as tackle challenges and solve problems in other subjects, and so are better prepared for today’s world and the future.

 Throughout Key Stages 1 and 2, children will learn:

  •        how computers and computer systems work
  •        how to design and build programs
  •        how to use computational thinking skills to solve problems efficiently and effectively
  •        how to develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content
  •        how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly
Vocabulary for Computing
During Computing lessons, we will be embedding key vocabulary. Here is a list of key vocabulary for each year group/phase:
Key Stage One:

Algorithm, Device, Create, Debug, Program, Information Technology, Private, Concern, Internet, Forwards, Backwards, Left, Right, Turn, Camera, Navigate, Communication, Email, Copy and paste, Search engines

Year Three and Four:

Design, Write, Debug, Sequence, Selection, Repetition, Software, Hardware, Report, Directional instructions, Image, Variables, Upload, Reliable, Copyright, Cyber bullying, Incident, Plagiarism

Year Five and Six:

Control, Simulate, Decompose, Input, Output, Network, Collecting, Analysing, Evaluating, Presenting, Repetition, Publish, Avatar, Tag, Strong password, Domain name, Website extensions .

Computing in Reception
Computing in Reception is taught through providing opportunities for children to become aware of what technology looks like within their classrooms and homes as well as providing children the opportunity to use age appropriate software and hardware. Most of this teaching and learning is achieved through continuous provision. However, Online Safety is taught within reception discretely.