At Great Corby School and Nursery, we encourage each individual child to become a successful life-long learner by igniting their curiosity, developing their love for learning and instilling a desire to achieve.
Our computing scheme aims to install a sense of enjoyment around using technology to develop pupils’ awareness and appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to create, manage, organise and cooperate. Exploring software and programs forms a part of the ethos of the scheme as we want to develop pupils’ confidence when encountering new technology, which is an essential skill in the ever developing and evolving landscape of technology.
Through our curriculum, we intend for pupils not only to be digitally competent and have a range of transferrable skills at a suitable level for the future workplace as well as to be responsible online citizens.
Our Computing scheme of work enables pupils to meet the expectations of the Key Stage Attainment targets outlined in the National Curriculum therefore the aims align with the National Curriculum. Our scheme of work was created to help equip children for life in the ever-growing digital world, including developing their understanding of appropriate online behaviour, copyright issues, being discerning consumers of online information and having a healthy relationship with how much they use technology.
At Great Corby School and Nursery, Computing is explicitly taught to children in years 1-6 every half term.
At our school, we have adapted the Kapow Computing scheme of work which is designed with these three strands running throughout:
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy
In addition, the Kapow scheme our school has adopted is organised into five key areas, creating a cyclical route through which pupils can develop their computing knowledge and skills by revisiting and building on previous learning:
- Computer Systems and Networks
- Creating Media
- Data Handling
- Online Safety
At our school, we ensure a broad and balanced coverage of the National Curriculum requirements and give the opportunity for children to learn and apply transferrable skills. Where meaningful, specific units have been created to link other subject areas within the curriculum to enable the development of genuine cross-curricular learning.
Each unit of lessons includes teaching aids and visual instruction for pupils, to support both the teaching of skills and techniques, as well as pupils’ learning. Using Kapow, we aim to deliver lessons of a high standard and ensure pupil progression.
After the implementation of Kapow Primary’s Computing scheme, pupils should leave primary school equipped with a range of techniques and the confidence and creativity to form a solid foundation for further learning at Key Stage 3 and beyond.
The expected impact is that children will:
- Be critical thinkers and able to understand how to make informed and appropriate digital choices in the future.
- Understand the importance that computing will have going forward in both their educational and working life and in their social and personal futures.
- Understand how to balance time spent on technology and time spent away from it in a healthy and appropriate manner.
- Understand that technology helps to showcase their ideas and creativity. They will know that different types of software and hardware can help them achieve a broad variety of artistic and practical skills.
- Show a clear progression of technical skills across all areas of the National Curriculum.
- Be able to use technology individually and as part of a team.
- Be aware of online safety issues and protocols and be able to deal with any problems in a responsible and appropriate manner.
- Having an awareness of developments in technology and have an idea of how current technologies work and relate to one another.
- Meet the end of Key Stage Expectations for the National Curriculum