With the new National Curriculum providing a lovely amount of detail of what Computing should look like for each year group (not) I have created my own Computing curriculum. It is by no means exhaustive and definitely needs updating 3 years down the line, but in case they are useful to others, they are here. (I actually thought they were here already!) It was inspired by many places particularly the CAS progression pathways and a couple of other documents which were out at the time! If I have borrowed something and not credited you, please let me know as I probably just forgot.
My Computing Curriculum
Some background you might need is that I decided to split the curriculum into 3 sections: ICT, Computing and Digital Citizenship. This means that teachers are expected to teach ICT through other subjects like History and Geography and that their weekly ‘slot’ is specifically for Computing concepts. There is a lot more detail surrounding how I organised the curriculum and why I made certain decisions here. There are also the resources I used to introduce this to staff.
I produced my grids in two formats – one allowed us to see progression:
- Autumn 1 – What is a computer?
- Autumn 2 – Algorithms
- Spring – Programming
- Summer 1 – Networks and the Internet
- Summer 2 – Searching
Year Group Overviews
And the other allowed each year group to have an overview of what their year would look like:
- Year 1 Curriculum Overview
- Year 2 Curriculum Overview
- Year 3 Curriculum Overview
- Year 4 Curriculum Overview
- Year 5 Curriculum Overview
- Year 6 Curriculum Overview
To ensure staff weren’t overwhelmed, I introduced each term at a time…so you can see the staff meeting to first announce the change in curriculum as well as what teachers needed to know to teach. The resources for those are here:
- What is a Computer? and Algorithms
- Programming (Coming Soon)
- Networks and the Internet (Coming Soon)
- Searching (Coming Soon)
If you have any feedback, thoughts, ideas, suggestions etc. then please leave a comment below as it’s really useful to hear what others think! I would say it definitely needs updating for 2016 (it was written in 2013/14)!