At Hurworth, we aim to provide our children with a variety of exciting learning opportunities that balance all aspects of computing and ICT whilst encouraging their natural curiosity. As technology plays such a significant role in society today, our main goal is to equip our children with the knowledge and skills that will enable them to embrace and use new and ever-changing technology in a safe, responsible, mature and resilient way. We aim to support all children in becoming digitally literate so they are able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas as well as developing their creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. Children are encouraged to be creative and to present and share their knowledge in a variety of ways, ensuring that all children including the most disadvantaged and those with SEND are able to achieve and enjoy in this subject.
Our computing curriculum is taught in discreet computing lessons whilst being embedded within our wider curriculum. We focus on a progression of skills in information technology, computer science and digital literacy to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding technology. As part of information technology, children learn to express themselves and develop their ideas for example by presenting information in different ways and using multimedia. Our digital literacy focussed lessons teach our children the skills of how to use the technology safely and will enable them to apply these skills in order to solve problems. They also learn how they can make smart choices online and they are encouraged to take ownership of their digital lives both now and in the future – this knowledge is further embedded through our PSHE curriculum. In computer science we teach our children to understand and apply the key 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 has strong links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Opportunities are planned for technology to support learning across the whole curriculum. Specific vocabulary is taught to each year group and revisited in order to support understanding and to embed knowledge further.
Our aim is that our children will leave Hurworth competent and confident with the ability to use and manipulate technology in order to benefit their lifestyle and enhance their career prospects.
The document below provides an overview of our Computing curriculum for each year group.