At St Mary’s our Computing Curriculum maps have been created using the BPSI framework. This framework is made up of three key strands: Programming and Computer Science, Creative Use of IT and Digital Literacy.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work and how they are designed and programmed. Computing has close links to many other curriculum areas, so is often taught through a cross-curricular approach. 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, the second strand ensures pupils are equipped to use information technology creatively; to create programs, systems and a range of content. Finally, but essentially, the computing curriculum teaches children to become digitally literate (as active participants in a digital world); ensuring they are responsible, competent, confident users of information and communication technology.
Our approach to computing is flexible, to ensure the most effective curriculum links and purposeful learning opportunities. Key skills are taught and consolidated through the year, with e-safety being a feature of every half term. The ideas of computing are applied to understanding real-world systems and creating purposeful products. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extraordinarily useful and intensely creative subject.