INTENT – Our Vision for Computing:
In Computing we aim for all children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, so that they can solve problems in computational terms and have practical experience of writing computer programs. We support and nurture our children with their understanding of how to access new or unfamiliar technologies giving them the confidence to independently explore in a safe and knowledgeable way. We aim for all children to aspire to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology and to use these skills to enrich their lives both now and in the future as well as give them a lifelong enjoyment of the subject.
Our Computing Curriculum reflects the ethos & aims of the school as well as the context from which our children derive. This means that our Computing Curriculum provides the necessary building blocks to develop the necessary knowledge & skills, whilst also promoting British Values, healthy lifestyles & mental wellbeing, plus excellent behaviour & attitudes. It is underpinned with a large emphasis on SMSC development, a strong practical outworking for others in line with our Christian ethos, whilst also building character & readiness for the next stages of education & the learning journey beyond.
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IMPLEMENTATION – Computing Planning & Sequencing of Knowledge & Skills:
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Aims of the National Curriculum in Computing:
The aims for Computing in the national curriculum are to promote high standards computer literacy and a broad and varied understanding of all elements of information technology. The national curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
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Learning Experience: What is the breadth of experience provided for our children?
- Quality First teaching: variety of teaching styles & varied stimulus
- Quality Resources: computers, laptops, iPad’s, computer software, input and output devices as well as, online resources & programmes
- Experiences: Computing Club (run by the children themselves) with Digital Ambassadors
- Regular Computing lessons both in the Computing Suite and regular use of hardware within all lessons.
Resources: What resources are used to support the teaching & learning of this subject?
- Child centred and engaging Computing classroom
- 31 desktop computers in the Computing Suite
- 45 iPads
- Beebots & mats
- Headphones & Microphones
- Input and Output devices.
Links with other Subject Areas: What links are made between this & other subject areas?
Links are made with other subject areas wherever possible and Computing skills are often used as a strong part of other subjects through research, word processing, Apps usage and the presentation of information.
IMPACT of our Computing Curriculum:
We aim for our teaching of Computing to have a great impact on the lives of our children not only through the use of information technology and the acquisition of all knowledge forms, but also in laying the foundations for social mobility through the promotion of British Values and SMSC & getting them ready for the next stages of their education.
Readiness for Next Stage of Education: How does this subject prepare our children for the next stage of their educational journey at secondary school & beyond?
We endeavour to ensure that the sequence of content enables our children to progress whilst they are with us, but also to provide the building blocks necessary to build on at secondary school and their learning journey beyond. Underlying all of this is our emphasis on Leaning Culture which provides the underlying principles of attitude, resilience and character.
Promotion of Social Mobility: How does this subject promote social mobility?
Our aim is that no child is disadvantaged by their background situation and that, as a school, we provide everything that a child needs so that there are no gaps in computational learning. As a result, we ensure that children have a broad range of curriculum experiences, free access to a wide variety of software, multiple opportunities to access computing programming and problem solving so as to create responsible, competent, confident and creative users of ICT.
Promotion of British Values & SMSC: How does this subject promote British Values & SMSC?
Through our rich and varied curriculum, we ensure that our children are well equipped for life in modern Britain and, through subject linkage have an excellent understanding of Information & Communication Technology, Democracy, the Rule of Law, Responsibility and Liberty, Mutual Respect plus Tolerance of those of different faiths and beliefs. Our Curriculum is driven by SMSC Development and, as a result, pupils thrive – enjoying their lives, learning and want to make a difference for others.
Assessment: How is Computing assessed?
- Teacher assessment
- Self & peer assessment
Monitoring & Evaluation: How do we know we have been successful?
- Lesson observations
- Work scrutiny
Long Term Memory: How does Computing impact on long term memory?
- Use of IT which becomes second nature as embedded skills
- Revision & recapping
- Success Criteria
- Feedback to children
- Repeated recall
- Curriculum Displays
- Links & connections with other subject areas plus old & new knowledge
- Learning Journals