Rationale:

Our Computing curriculum encompasses all aspects that are integral to becoming computer literate. It incorporates carefully selected knowledge and skills which is brought to life in a meaningful and exciting way for pupils. From our Early Years and beyond, pupils learn about computer science, digital literacy and information technology. Our curriculum is constantly evolving as a result of worldwide developments, taking into account new and emerging technologies and the contribution it has to accomplish specific objectives or goals.  

Cross-curricular links are a valuable and creative way to develop children’s knowledge, skills and understanding, as well as stimulating curiosity. Our computing curriculum holds strong links with English, MathsArt and Design, and PHSE.  

Units such as online safety are not just taught discretely in computing lessons but are also thread through the school in other aspects – such as online safety assemblies and workshops with external visitors.   

We consider links to real-life experiences to be valuable to learning and so are found throughout our computing curriculum. This is particularly prevalent in Key Stage 2, where children’s understanding of spreadsheets aids them in budgeting and organising fundraisers and school events.   

Knowledge organisers are shared with pupils and children are supported to learn the key knowledge within them; this helps to develop pupils’ schema, transferring knowledge from their short-term to long-term memory. Schema is developed due to the knowledge in the knowledge organisers building on prior learning from previous topics, but also previous year groups.  

Other strategies to help pupils learn the curriculum include retrieval practice and deliberate practice.  Vocabulary is taught explicitly so that pupils have a greater grasp of technical and subject specific vocabulary and they can relay this throughout a unit of work.  

Some aspects within a unit of work are covered in every year group, providing pupils with opportunities of deliberate practice so that core learning, knowledge and vocabulary is regularly consolidated; for example coding – which is taught in every year group from Year 1 to Year 6- pupils have a more comprehensive understanding of how to code and create algorithm to achieve a specific outcome. 

The safer use of technology is threaded within all units of work. Our second unit of work introduces pupils to more age-specific content to support them with staying safe when using technology, identifying potential risks and dangers, recognising their digital footprint, what would be acceptable or unacceptable use of technology and how to report content or contact which they have received. 

The computing curriculum is carefully planned and sequenced, knowledge is carefully planned and regularly reviewed and developed. Where appropriate, units end with a finished product which allows the children to showcase the content and procedural knowledge they have learnt. An example of this can be seen in Year 5, where the children are taught aspects of game design throughout the unit and subsequently are asked to independently design a 3D game  

Assessment opportunities are carefully planned so that they are purposeful, support learning and inform us as to whether our curriculum and or the delivery of it is effective. 

Computing High Level Plan

 Autumn SpringSummer
ReceptionDo you want to be friends?

Why do leaves go crispy?
What’s that sound?

Are carrots orange?
Can I switch it on?

Why do zebras have stripes?
Year 11.1 – Online Safety and Exploring Purple Mash

Content:

Avatars

Saving files

Themes:

Saving and retrieving files

Sharing files

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
1.4 – Lego Builders

Content:

Instructions

Recipes

Themes:

Following algorithms

Debugging

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Followed algorithms

1.7 Coding

Content:

Code and coding blocks

Scripts

Commands

Themes:

Designing backgrounds and characters for a game

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Designed aspects of a game
1.2 – Grouping and Sorting

Content:

Criteria

Hovering a mouse

Themes:

Grouping objects and images



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
1.5 – Maze Explorers

Content:

Clicking on directions

Instructions

Themes:

Moving images in different directions



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Designing a route for an image
1.8 Spreadsheets

Content:

Calculations

Clipart

Cell

Themes:

Algorithms

Formula



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Information added to a spreadsheet

1.3 - Pictograms

Content:

Images

Data

Themes:

Creating pictograms

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Pictogram
1.6 – Animated Story Books

Content:

E-books

Images and sounds

Themes:

Animation

Copying and pasting text

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Individual e-books.
1.9 Technology Outside School

Content:

Technology

Themes:

Types of technology in school

Types of technology at home

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Year 22.1- Coding

Content:

Instructions

Bugs

Objects

Themes:

Algorithm

Debugging

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Debugged program
2.4 - Questioning

Content:

Avatars can represent answers

Databases

Themes:

Creating pictograms

Binary trees



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Binary trees

2.7 – Making Music

Content:

Digital sounds

Themes:

Altering digital sounds

Uploading sounds



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Digitally altered sounds

2.2 – Online Safety

Content:

Digital footprint

Sharing

Themes:

Email safety

Sharing files

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
2.5 – Effective Searching

Content:

Features of a search engine

Keywords

Themes:

Search engines



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

2.8 – Presenting Ideas

Content:

Facts

Correct answers

Themes:

Quizzes

Concept maps

Powerpoint



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Powerpoint presentation

2.3 - Spreadsheets

Content:

Data

Cells

Formulae

Themes:

Tables

Block graphs



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Table and block graph
2.6 – Creating Pictures

Content:

Impressionism

Templates

Repeating patterns

Themes:

Creating images in the style of an artist



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Impressionist pictures
Year 33.1- Coding

Content:

Input/output

If statements

Debugging

Themes:

Simulation

Algorithms

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Debugged program
3.4 – Touch Typing

Content:

Top row

Bottom row

Home row

Themes:

Speed of typing



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

3.7 - Simulations

Content:

Simulations

Themes:

Problem-solving

Puzzles



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Successfully completed computer simulations
3.2 – Online Safety

Content:

Reliability

Password Security

Themes:

PEGI restrictions

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

3.5 - Email

Content:

Communication

Formal/Informal writing

Themes:

Sending and receiving emails

Adding attachments



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Sending and replying to emails
3.8 - Graphing

Content:

Fields

Data

Themes:

Graphs

Presentation of data



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Graph presentation
3.3 - Spreadsheets

Content:

Cells, rows and columns

Data

Formula

Themes:

Graphs and charts

Cell location

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Graphs and charts

3.6 – Branching Databases

Content:

Data

Yes/No questions

Themes:

Binary trees



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Independent binary trees
Year 44.1- Coding

Content:

If/else statement

Repeat commands

Timer command

Themes:

Control simulations



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Simulation
4.4 – Writing for different audiences

Content:

Fonts

Templates

Themes:

Newspaper reports

Campaign posters and letters

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Newspaper report

Campaign poster and letters
4.7 – Effective Searching

Content:

Keywords

Reliable information

Reputable websites

Themes:

Search engines

Easter eggs



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

4.2 – Online Safety

Content:

Malware

Plagiarism

Themes:

Identity theft

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

4.5 - Logo

Content:

Simple instructions

Procedures

Repeat functions

Themes:

Creating designs with procedures



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
4.8 – Hardware Investigators

Content:

Hardware

Software

Motherboard

CPU

Themes:

Components of a computer



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment





4.3 - Spreadsheets

Content:

Formula

Spin tool

Themes:

Graphs and charts

Budgeting



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Budgeting spreadsheet
4.6 – Animation

Content:

Onion-skinning

Animation

Themes:

Flipbook animation

Stop motion animation



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Animations
Year 55.1- Coding

Content:

Text variables

Simulations

Themes:

Creating games with scores and timers



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Game with scores and timers
5.4 - Databases

Content:

Sorting, grouping and arranging

Themes:

Collaborative databases



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Independent database
5.6 – 3D Modelling

Content:

3D shapes

Nets

Polygons

Themes:

Designing and printing nets

Assembling 3D models

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

3D Model

5.2 – Online Safety

Content:

Encryption

Images

Referencing

Themes:

Bibliography

Digital image alteration

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
5.5 – Game Creator

Content:

Perspective

Playability

Instructions

Themes:

Designing a game

Evaluation

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Independent Game

5.7 – Concept Maps

Content:

Concept maps

Nodes

Connections

Themes:

Discussing a concept

Collaborating on a concept map

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Collaborative map presentation
5.3 – Spreadsheets

Content:

Formula

Models

Themes:

Converting measurements

Budgeting

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Cake sale spreadsheet
Year 66.1- Coding

Content:

Functions

Flowcharts

Testing and debugging

Themes:

Programming design

Designing text-based adventures

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Text-based adventure
6.4 - Blogging

Content:

Blogs are webpages



Themes:

Creating blog posts

Sharing blog posts

Commenting on blog posts

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Blog
6.6 - Networks

Content:

World Wide Web

WAN and LAN

Router

Themes:

History and future of the internet



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

History/Future of the internet presentation
6.2 – Online Safety

Content:

Digital footprint

Screen-time

Phishing

Themes:

Designing Online Safety games

Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment
6.5 – Text Adventures

Content:

Text-based adventures are games

Themes:

Map based text adventure are puzzles



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Map-based adventure
6.7 - Quizzing

Content:

5 types of questions

Themes:

Picture based quizzes

Creating quizzes for teachers



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Quiz for teachers/parents
6.3 - Spreadsheets

Content:

Formula

Probability

Themes:

Planning events

Budgeting money



Summative assessment:

Knowledge Assessment

Real-life simulation – budgeting

Computing Curriculum Documents:

Y1 Computing MTP

Y2 Computing MTP

Y3 Computing MTP

Y4 Computing MTP

Y6 Computing MTP

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