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Computing Curriculum Intent


1. All children will develop into confident, articulate communicators.

Our Computing curriculum aims to give pupils the skills and understanding to communicate online safely, respectfully and effectively. Our ambition is for our pupils to develop their fluency and competence in order to leave Henry Cavendish digitally literate and active participants in a digital world.

2. All children will be challenged.

Being challenged in Computing fosters children’s enjoyment of and engagement with the subject. We introduce ideas or concepts at early stages where appropriate and ensure that topics, when revisited, are taught at a progressively more challenging level. Wherever possible, learning is presented in a way that enables children to explore and shape how they progress.

3. The topic and content of our Curriculum will be varied, immersive and engaging.

We provide a breadth of learning experiences in every year group, to build on the interests of all children. Using a range of software and apps, our pupils learn how to apply their skills in different contexts. We ground learning in real world scenarios, which aim to inspire and tackle circumstances our pupils may face in their wider lives now and in the future. In each sequence of learning, pupils are provided with opportunities to work collaboratively to share ideas and overcome challenges.

4. All children will use their creativity.

In Computing, our pupils are empowered to make choices about their learning and be creative in the implementation.

5. All children will become happy, empathetic and confident citizens.

In line with the government's paper on ‘Education for a Connected World’, we aim to ensure our pupils build the necessary strategies for staying safe and making a positive contribution online. We help them understand the impact of technology on their health and well-being, and empower our pupils to recognise and challenge online bullying. Children have the right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces, and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring. 

How is Computing taught at Henry Cavendish?

Whole School Topic Overview and Progression of Skills

We constantly review our curriculum in order for it to be relevant and of interest to the children, providing them with the knowledge and skills they need for the next stages of their lives throughout and after primary school. The progression of knowledge and skills the children need to learn have been carefully sequenced, and the summary of their learning journey in Computing is below or click the link to enlarge.