At St Leonard’s, the computing curriculum is designed to encourage independent, inquisitive learners. Children are taught ‘computational thinking’ to provide them with essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world. Key principles of computer science such as programming and digital systems are developed as children move through the curriculum. We provide a wealth of learning opportunities and transferable skills within computing lessons and across other curriculum subjects. Pupils leave our school equipped to use information technology to create programs and systems and a range of content. They are taught about a range of computer scientists from around the globe who have made online technology what it is today. Online safety is at the core of our computing curriculum and the children are instilled with the importance of being polite, respectful and safe online through discussion.
“Technology is the pen and paper of our time and the lens through which we experience much of the world.”
Our Computing curriculum has three overarching strands; computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children are taught all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. We recognise that all classes have children with widely differing abilities in information technology. This is especially true when some children have access to IT 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. The implementation of Computing is delivered through multiple technology sources including iPads, laptops, coding programmes and equipment. Computing is embedded in our whole school curriculum and opportunities for enhancing learning by using technology are always taken.