At Capel School, our intent is to provide a computing curriculum that equips our pupils with the necessary knowledge and skills to thrive in an increasingly digital world. We aim to develop their computational thinking, creativity, and critical thinking abilities, allowing them to become confident and responsible users of technology. Our computing curriculum is designed to be progressive, ensuring that each child builds upon their prior knowledge and experiences, with the goal of producing digitally literate individuals capable of making positive contributions to the wider community.
Our computing curriculum is aligned with the National Curriculum for Computing and reflects the needs and interests of our pupils. We have considered the sequencing of topics, ensuring that concepts are introduced at an appropriate pace, allowing for deep understanding and retention of knowledge. Where possible we have made links with other curriculum areas as connections help children remember more.
We place a strong emphasis on developing computational thinking skills. We explicitly teach the principles of algorithms, decomposition, pattern recognition, and abstraction using espresso coding, Scratch and Scratch Junior as our main drivers.
We believe in the importance of practical application to consolidate theoretical concepts. Our pupils have regular opportunities to apply their computing skills creatively through project-based learning and hands-on activities. This enables them to design, create, and evaluate digital solutions, allowing for a deeper understanding of the subject matter. Pupils are encouraged to collaborate, communicate, and think critically while working on computing projects.
Digital Literacy and online safety
Our computing curriculum places a strong focus on developing digital literacy skills and promoting e-safety. Pupils are taught how to safely navigate the online world, identify risks, and make responsible choices when using digital technologies. We actively address issues related to privacy, online security, and digital ethics, ensuring our pupils become responsible and informed digital citizens. As well as learning about online safety in computing lessons, this is also covered in PSHE lessons and as whole school on Safer Internet Day every year.
We actively seek opportunities to integrate computing into other areas of the curriculum, promoting cross-curricular learning. Computing is used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning across subjects, allowing pupils to deepen their understanding and make connections with various disciplines. We encourage teachers to embed technology in their lessons to create meaningful and engaging learning experiences.
Children enjoy their computing lessons and are engaged in their learning. The use of practical activities and collaborative projects fosters a love for the subject. Pupils consistently display enthusiasm, motivation, and a desire to explore computing to its fullest potential.
Our computing curriculum develops pupils who are responsible, ethical, and confident digital citizens. They are equipped with the knowledge to navigate the online world safely and responsibly. Pupils understand the importance of respecting others' digital identities, privacy, and personal safety. They demonstrate a strong understanding of e-safety protocols and apply this knowledge in their online interactions.