Computing

Intent

Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, respectfully and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum -encompassing computer science, information and communication technology and digital literacy- reflects this. Our curriculum has been tailored to meet the needs of our pupils and excite their curiosity. It is relevant to today’s changing technological world and introduces them to new experiences that make them eager to be in school. Our curriculum will be adapted where necessary to ensure children of all abilities can access it in a meaningful way.

We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice when using technology and we aim to utilise technology (especially social media) to model positive use. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues that can arise with technology/social media is through education. We intend to use technology to allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways and we understand the opportunities technology can provide for our pupils to broaden their horizons.

We aspire for our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and by Upper Key Stage 2, children will have the independence and confidence to then choose the best tool to fulfil any technological tasks and challenges they meet through all phases of their education and as they go forward into the wider world.

Implementation

Pupils develop knowledge and skills through our broad, rich curriculum which gives opportunities for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively in order to become skilful computer scientists. Our learners gain an understanding of the role computing plays in the modern world through its immersion in other subjects and topics. Pupils are also given opportunities to lead learning by having the responsibility of becoming digital leaders.

Pupils are taught how systems work, the principles of programming, exploring and writing algorithms. They are taught to use analytical and problem solving skills to create and debug programmes using resources such as Beebots. Learning is adapted where necessary to support SEND/ EAL pupils and to challenge more able pupils. Pupils learn resilience when using algorithms and many other complex programs and get regular IT experience to build long term memory.

Pupils have daily access to computers, laptops and tablets and a range of digital learning tools such as cameras and data loggers to support their learning. Staff try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW.

Impact

Children will enjoy and value the computing curriculum we deliver. We aim for learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style.

The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools like Seesaw and observing learning regularly. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through these outcomes.

Through our curriculum, pupils will develop knowledge of how systems work and the principles of Computer Science. They will develop the ability to be confident, competent and creative users of information and communication technology and will develop the fundamental skills to enable them to participate successfully and safely in a modern, digital world.