Kapow Primary’s Computing scheme aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil’s appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to, create, manage, organise, and collaborate. Tinkering with software and programs forms a part of the ethos of the scheme as we want to develop pupil’s confidence when encountering new technology, which is a vital skill in the ever evolving and changing landscape of technology. Through our curriculum, we intend for pupils not only to be digitally competent and have arrange of transferable skills at a suiable level for the future workplace., but also to be responsible online citizens.
The scheme of work enables pupils to meet the end of Key Stage attainment targets as outlined in the National Curriculum. This will be used alongside Kapow’s RSE and PSHE scheme, meaning that all the objectives of the DfE’s ‘Education For a Connected World framework’ are also met. This guidance was created to help equip children for life in a digital world, including developing their understanding of appropriate online behaviour, copyright issues, being discerning consumers of online information and healthy use of technology.
The National curriculum purpose of study states:
‘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. Computing also ensures 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’.
The Kapow scheme is clearly divided into three strands:
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy
Kapow have provided mapping documents that clearly show how the units cover each of the national curriculum attainment targets as well as each f these three strands.
The progression of skills documents shows which skills are taught in each year group and how these skills develop year on year to ensure that attainment targets are securely met by the end of each key stage.
The Kapow Primary scheme is organised into five key areas, creating a cyclical route through which pupils can develop their computing knowledge and skills by revisiting and building on previous learning:
- Online safety
- Computer systems and networks
- Creating media
- Data handling
The implementation of Kapow Primary Computing ensures a broad and balanced coverage of the National curriculum requirements, and our ‘Skills showcase’ units provide pupils with the opportunity to learn and apply transferable skills. Where meaningful, units have been created to link to other subjects such as science, art, and music to enable the development of further transferable skills and genuine crosscurricular learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as unplugged and digital activities. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
In addition to the support provided by the Trust, teachers will have good subject knowledge, as each lesson and unit includes teacher how to videos.
In addition to regular computing lessons, computing skills will developed across the wider curriculum for example using devices for research or using maths websites to practice fluency.
Online safety is prioritised and as such is the first unit taught each September. In addition to the Online Safety Units completed in computing, links are made with the RSE Kapow units. Moreover, we subscribe to the National Online Safety hub. We have received National Online Safety svhool status, for the last 2 years. There is a prominent display in school with the latest information and parents are regulatly informed of the latest apps and news. Annualy, we take part in ‘Safer Internet Day’. Online Safety is also a priority on the School Development Plan.
The impact of Kapow Primary’s scheme can be constantly monitored through both formative and summative assessment opportunities. Each lesson includes guidance to support teachers in assessing pupils against the learning objectives and each unit has a unit quiz and knowledge catcher which can be used at the start and/ or end of the unit.
After the implementation of Kapow Primary Computing, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and be active participants in the ever-increasing digital world.
The expected impact of following the Kapow Primary Computing scheme of work is that children will:
- Be critical thinkers and able to understand how to make informed and appropriate digital choices in the future.
- Understand the importance that computing will have going forward in both their educational and working life and in their social and personal futures.
- Understand how to balance time spent on technology and time spent away from it in a healthy and appropriate manner.
- Understand that technology helps to showcase their ideas and creativity. They will know that different types of software and hardware can help them achieve a broad variety of artistic and practical aims.
- Show a clear progression of technical skills across all areas of the National curriculum - computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
- Be able to use technology both individually and as part of a collaborative team.
- Be aware of online safety issues and protocols and be able to deal with any problems in a responsible and appropriate manner.
- Have an awareness of developments in technology and have an idea of how current technologies work and relate to one another.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National curriculum for Computing.