Computing in taught through thematic units. The attached overview maps out which thematic units feature this subject and the Long-Term Plans (LTP) clearly show the objectives from the National Curriculum that are taught.
At Witherley, Computing is taught through a combination of building skills and subject knowledge.
What do we learn about in Computing?
Through our 'Learning Means the World' Curriculum, in Computing we learn about:
- Data Handling
- Multimedia (sound, motion. text and images)
- Computer Aided Design (CAD)
- Technology in our Lives
In the Foundation Stage Computing is taught as an essential part of the 'Learning Means the World' themes during the year. The areas of learning covered by Computing within the Foundation Stage are:
- Personal, Social and Emotional Development
- Physical Development
- Understanding of the World
- Expressive Arts and Design
The Early Learning Goals that are specific to Computing in the Foundation Stage are:
- Be confident to try new activities and show independence, resilience and perseverance in the face of challenge.
- Explain the reasons for rules, know right from wrong and try to behave accordingly.
- Safely use and explore a variety of materials, tools and techniques, experimenting with colour, design, texture, form and function.
Computing in Pathfinders (Year 1/2)
What do Pathfinders have to say about computing?
"I like using paint to make my pictures and I liked it when we looked at different countries, cities, towns and villages on Google Earth because it was interesting looking at different places and how far they were away."
Albert (Year 1)
"I like using the different colouring pencils on paint and I like looking at the books and playing the games on Phonics Bug"
Madison (Year 1)
"I like using the phonics games and listening the sounds and the different people read the phonics stories because it is super fun and it helps me to read the words then"
Noah (Year 2)
"I liked designing the place on the scratch game and making the little character do different things when I clicked the different buttons and commands at the side"
Ruby (Year 2)
We want our children to leave Witherley CE Primary School loving computing and growing increasingly confident in applying their computing skills and subject knowledge. Our Computing curriculum facilitates sequential learning and long-term progression on knowledge and skills. Teaching and learning methods provide opportunities to recap acquired knowledge and skills.
We will see children growing in resilience and showing good perseverance skills in computing as they progress their knowledge and skills into KS3 and are able to do more as computer scientists.