Our aim at Grove Primary School is to deliver Computing as a dynamic, exciting and creative area of learning. We believe that computing should be a subject that is aligned with ‘real-world’ Computing and reflects its incredibly important position in our everyday lives.
Our computing curriculum is organised into four main areas: Computer Science (CS), Digital Literacy (DL), Information Technology (IT) and E-safety. Computer Science is focused mainly on programming with some study into computer systems and networks in Key Stage Two. During their time at Grove, the children will become familiar with some of the main concepts and approaches to Computational Thinking. Digital Literacy teaches children how to be computer 'literate'; it prepares our pupils for the modern world in which we live in by teaching them how to use everyday technology. Information Technology builds on this by giving the children experience of programs that are designed for specific uses such as video, photo editing and animation. E-safety is an increasingly essential life-skill in our modern world and our school is fully aware of its responsibility in helping the children stay safe. E-Safety will partly be delivered through PSHE and partly through the Computing lessons. It is sometimes delivered discretely but often addressed when questions arise during study of the other areas of Computing or indeed any other subject.
This curriculum has been designed so that the Key Stage Attainment Targets have been integrated into a progression of skills, which build upon previous learning. It provides opportunities to use a wide range of hardware and software throughout Key Stage 1 and 2 so that the development of pupils’ skills and knowledge is not program specific. There is an emphasis on transferable skills, which we believe to be crucial in this subject.
Each class in Key Stage One and Two deliver Computing as part of their topic. If this is not thoroughly covered in the topic then it will be taught in discrete 1 hour lessons.