Soho Parish Curriculum Statement: Computing
At Soho Parish we aim to raise pupils’ standards in computing and ensure pupils are working at the highest age-appropriate levels.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology.
We follow the 3BM scheme of learning which provides a range of units for each Year group so schools can decide which units are best suited to their software and curriculum.
We teach to a 2- year curriculum cycle which has been designed to ensure that children receive the breadth of learning required by the National Curriculum and that there is progression and development of their knowledge, understanding and skills over time, through each phase. The Computing unit is linked to the over-arching curriculum concept for that term, where possible and makes cross curricular links with learning in other subjects.
- Computing is taught weekly for KS1and KS2
- Discreet computing lessons focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
- From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Soho Parish gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations as they progress through their education.
- Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world.
- We enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information.
- We focus on developing the skills for children to use information in an effective way.
- Pupils are able to connect with others responsibly and are taught how to use online information safely.
The 3BM scheme of learning has robust assessment support, including differentiated outcomes for each ‘unit’ and additionally has pupil self-assessment. Assessment of all children's learning in Computing is through ongoing monitoring of children's understanding, knowledge and skills by the class teacher, throughout lessons and in line with the National Curriculum expectations of attainment. Computing is also monitored by the subject leader throughout the year in the form of work scrutiny, looking at outcomes and lesson observations.