Overview

At Whitmore Park Primary school we strive to develop independent learners who are well equipped for the digital age. We aim to provide inspirational and engaging opportunities for pupils to develop a range of skills and competencies through the use of ICT.

Our computing curriculum is split into 3 sections; Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology. Following the new National Curriculum for Computing, our curriculum aims to ensure all pupils are taught to:

By the end of key stage 1:

  • Computer Science
    • Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.
    • Write and test simple programs
    • Use logical reasoning to predict and computing the behaviour of simple programs
  • Information Technology
    • Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats
  • Digital Literacy
    • Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
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By the end of key stage 2:

  • Computer Science
    • Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
    • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs
    • Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
    • Understand computer networks including the Internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web
  • Information Technology
    • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including Internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data
    • Use search technologies effectively
  • Digital Literacy
    • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact
    • Describe how Internet search engines find and store data; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely
    • Understand the opportunities networks offer for communication and collaboration
    • Be discerning in evaluating digital content

Throughout their school career, pupils are provided with opportunities to re-visit and apply their skills to ensure consolidation and development. For example in Computer Science, pupils begin in Y1 by programming onscreen bee bots and progress to designing and creating their own video games in Y6. If you would like to find out more about the curriculum and progression, you can find a link to the Computing Long Term Plan at the bottom of this page.

Assessment is a vital part of our teaching. It is used throughout individual lessons and at the end of the different curriculum areas to inform our planning; allowing us to differentiate the learning and ensure the level of challenge is appropriate for all pupils.

Extra Curriculum

As part of our extra – curricular activities, at Whitmore Park we offer a Computing Club for KS2. Computing covers key programming skills that allow pupils to unleash their creativity and deepen their knowledge.

For year 6 we also offer a lunch time Robotics club. Using VEX IQ equipment, students are encouraged to design, build and evaluate their own programmable robots, in preparation for local competitions. Next term the club will build robots for our own mini ‘Robot Olympics’.

Purple Mash

Purple Mash (by 2Simple) is an exciting and safe online environment where children can get involved in all sorts of creative projects to support their learning in a whole range of subjects, not just the computing curriculum.

Each child has their own unique username and password that enables them to access the different activities Purple Mash has to offer from home as well as at school.

This link takes you to our Purple Mash login page.

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Long Term Plan

This link is our long term plan for computing

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