At the Convent of Jesus and Mary Catholic Infant School & Nursery we offer a structured sequence of lessons, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to pupil's lives as well as other areas of the curriculum such as problem solving in Mathematics, Science, and Design Technology.
At the core of our 3BM programme of study for 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. Pupils are taught how to create simple programs and a range of content to express their understanding and to enhance the learning of others. They become digitally literate; learn to communicate and collaborate effectively using web tools and to search and interrogate information.
Our curriculum offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows pupils to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables our pupils to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology.
Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Our lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges.
Our computing curriculum draws together the strands of computer science, information technology and digital literacy, and seeks to equip our pupils with computational thinking skills and the creativity they need to understand and change the world. In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. These skills are taught through exciting half termly units following the 3BM syllabus, which provide detailed lesson plans with links to the web or programming tools that enable our teachers to implement ambitious aspects of the curriculum such as programming , debugging and digital presentations.
Skills learnt through KS1 are used to support data presentation. By following our programme of study teachers feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. Key vocabulary is also an important part of our offer showing the progression of specific language involved in pupil’s learning so that teachers can also assess understanding and progress through vocabulary. At the heart of our computing curriculum is also online safety. At our school, we deliver a rigorous online safety programme from Nursery to Year 2.
Learning in computing is enjoyed across our school. Pupils will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful work. Pupils will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.