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Computer Science

Curriculum Leader: Mr Jordan Gibbon

Intent: The intent of the computer science curriculum at Pilgrim Academy is to prepare our learners for the ever-changing digital world by teaching crucial computing skills. The curriculum revolves around 4 core concepts: coding, connecting, communicating and collecting. Our approach to teaching computer science has a clear progression of skills across the year groups. In Early Years, the children are introduced to early aspects of ICT through the Technology strand of Understanding the World. In Key Stage 1, the children begin to create simple programs through the use of algorithms, experiment with data in a range of formats and learn how to communicate safely online. This progresses into Key Stage 2 where the children write programs for specific goals, by utilising sequence, selection, repetition and logical reasoning. They also broaden their knowledge of the internet, and combine a variety of software to accomplish given goals. The use of ICT is not exclusively taught in discrete computer science lessons; the use of various forms of technology is regularly integrated into lessons across the curriculum which mirrors the ubiquitous use of technology in everyday life.

What approach do we take to teaching Computer Science? Most curriculum subjects are taught through a thematic approach. For example, the theme topic may focus on Life in Ancient Greece; Around the World in 80 Days; The Animal Kingdom, amongst many other areas. Our medium-term plans then identify the following, where staff will ensure coverage and skills across the curriculum subject areas, including, where appropriate, Computer Science – due to the nature of the subject, much of Computer Science, will be taught separately, but links are made as and when appropriate:

  • Intent: What wider skills do we want the children to have developed by the end of this theme, supporting future learning and life skills?
  • Intent: Outline the factual/topical areas that will be covered, enhancing the development of knowledge and cultural capital?
  • Intent: What opportunities will there be to develop literacy and numeracy skills?
  • Intent: Cross-Curricular links: Which curriculum areas will be covered during this theme, developing cross-curriculum knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What opportunities will be provided to assess the development of knowledge and skills?
  • Impact: What specific areas of knowledge/skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?
  • Impact: What specific wider skills will be developed during this theme, which will be assessed at different times by the teacher and by the pupil?

Alongside this, we use Milestones for teachers and Curriculum Leaders to monitor coverage and track progress across the curriculum, ensuring appropriate sequencing is in place. We use the milestones created by Chris Quigley Education, in conjunction with our thematic planning to ensure the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move from Early Years through to Key Stage 1 and 2. If you click on the tabs below, you will see the milestones for Early Years; Years 1 & 2; Years 3 & 4 and Years 5 & 6.

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