The teaching of computing is fast becoming an essential addition to twenty-first century learning. As a society, we are becoming increasingly reliant on humans becoming comfortable with the use and understanding of computers. For children, the subject of computing offers a vast array of opportunities for problem solving, creativity and resilience. By opening children’s eyes to the digital world, it can spark engagement and a desire to create new solutions for unsolved problems. For example, we use code to create. Computing can teach children about creatively applying code to solve problems and develop something useful to the world. It could be a new app or game or a piece of useful software, regardless of what they use it for, they’re developing something concrete and helpful for the world. Furthermore, by teaching children the process of creating an algorithm, testing and improving it, stretches far beyond the discipline of a coding lesson. The skills acquired can be applied to maths, scientific investigation or historical inquiry. At St. Barnabas school, we believe in equipping children with the skills to create future change, and computing helps children to connect and create change.

We aim for children to develop:

• Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.

• The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.

• An understanding of the connected nature of devices.

• The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.

• The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.

We cover the National curriculum and use KAPOW computing schemes of work to provide a varied and stimulating curriculum that has a clear and ambitious progression of knowledge and skills.

Further information can be found using the links below:

Computing progression of knowledge and skills (KAPOW)

Computing curriculum overview for parents