Medlock Primary School’s computing provision is underpinned by the requirements set out by the National Curriculum. It aims to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. By the time they leave Medlock Primary, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).
Our children begin their journey with technology in Early Years, with access to a range of opportunities to develop their problem solving skills and creative thinking so that they are ready and prepared for the computer science curriculum to come as well as early coding experiences within the setting.
Our Key Stage scheme of work provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. The teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy (Multimedia), information technology (Online Safety) and computer science (Coding). The children will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms. Through our whole school oracy approach, the lessons will be driven by subject specific vocabulary that will deepen their understanding of all technical terms.