At Valentine we believe that computing is an essential part of everyday life; being computer literate is vital for everyday life in the modern world. With technology always evolving, and likely to continue to do so, it is vitally important that our children are taught the necessary skills to enable them to develop computational thinking and creativity to understand and aspire to succeed in an ever-changing world.
We recognise the importance of the four key areas of computing: Computer Science, Digital Literacy, Use of technology and E-safety. We equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to remain safe and act responsibly whilst using different forms of technology. In our regular e-safety lessons, children discuss their own and others’ actions online, showing empathy and developing a secure understanding of how to keep themselves and others safe.
Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Use of technology are all taught together in an engaging mini project that brings all the strands together. It helps children to develop their skills in programming and their knowledge of different technical devices and programmes, as well as key vocabulary.
Through the use of our mini computing projects we encourage independent learning as well as collaboration. This encourages children to have the confidence to develop their own skills through trial and error and debugging while programming. The projects reinforce knowledge and skills learned in other areas of the curriculum such as Mathematics, Science and Design and technology.
Valentine Primary School ensures that the Computing Curriculum:
End of Key Stage Expectations:
By the end of EYFS, children will be familiar with a range of technology such as electronic toys, remote controlled cars, walkie-talkies and beebots. They will understand that it is important to use technology safely.
By the end of KS1, children will understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be able to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. Children will use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. They will use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
By the end of KS2, children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems and solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output. Children will use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. They will understand that computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
If you have any questions regarding the curriculum we teach please contact the school directly