At St Catherine’s all pupils have the right to a high-quality computing education. Our curriculum focuses heavily on developing pupil’s computational thinking, which equips them to solve every day problems and participate effectively in today’s digital world. There is also a great focus placed on e-safety, helping the children to be self-aware and giving guidance on how to be compassionate, respectful and kind when engaging in online activities. At St Catherine's we follow the Teach Computing Scheme. Click the curriculum map below to see which units are covered in each year group.
At St Catherine’s we follow the Teach Computing scheme which heavily references the benefits of incorporating peer instruction and pair programming within its pedagogy. Studies have shown that working collaboratively within Computing helps students to retain knowledge and contributes towards a growth mindset. Furthermore, it also reflects the reality of working within the Computing field as pair programming is routinely used in the software industry. By working collaboratively studies have shown that it causes a reduction in individual cognitive load via the collective working memory effect, and has been found to improve student’s confidence in finding solutions, especially within girls.
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the 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. Our aim is to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In Key Stage 1, children are expected to:
- understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- create and debug simple programs
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In Key Stage 2, children are expected to:
- design, write and debug 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
- use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work 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; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
- use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
- select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
- use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact