A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
Computing Programme of Study, DfE, 2013
At Henwick, we deliver the computing programme of study objects for KS1 and KS2 by using the Switched on Computing scheme of work to guide us. It covers all the requirements of the Computing programme of study in a way that’s intended to develop pupils’ understanding of concepts, practices and perspectives that underpin programming and other aspects of computing science, whilst providing ample opportunity for create, collaborative project work in which pupils can acquire the information technology skills they’ll need, as well as helping pupils understand the implications of technology for individuals and society as they become digitally literate.
Every half term, each phase follows and completes one unit, with a total of six units of the year. Each unit focusses on one of the key six aspects of computing:
- Computational thinking
- Computer networks
- Collaboration and communication
This ensures children at Henwick receive a broad and balanced computing curriculum. For the most part, links are made between computing and what the children are learning about elsewhere in the curriculum. However, at times they are delivered as standalone units if there no such links. E.g. there may be no clear cross-curricular links for units that cover aspects of how school networks work.