In modern society, computing plays an integral part in both work and play. Within the school environment, technology is utilised on a day-to-day basis. This could be through some things such as: an explicit computing lesson in the computing suite, working with an interactive whiteboard or recording something using an iPad.
As the technological world develops at a rapid rate, we aim to facilitate the children’s understanding and engagement of this world. Through our teaching of computing, we aim to equip children with the knowledge to:
• Explain what algorithms are, how they are used and how to create them
• Create and debug programs,
• Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs,
• Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content,
• Recognise common uses of technology beyond school
• Use technology safely and respectfully.
Our school utilises the National Curriculum in England 2014 Framework for Computing as the starting point for planning. In keeping with the school’s ethos of ‘voices & choices’, computing is incorporated within topics to provide children with an outlet for their learning - whether that is recording a debate about a history topic as a podcast or filming a piece of drama. Whilst some computing skills must be taught discreetly, teachers are encouraged to make as many links to topics as possible.
Lessons are taught by individual class teachers; they are responsible for the planning and delivering of our computing curriculum. Each National Curriculum objective will be taught regularly throughout both Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, to allow children to build upon their prior learning and develop their skills. Opportunities for increasing challenges are present throughout the different year groups. As well as this, basic skills will be routinely practised to help produce fluent users of technology. The whole school has received e-safety training from an outside company to ensure we are safeguarding them both in school and at home as well as recapping e-safety weekly within their computing lessons.
Teachers use ongoing assessment to help inform their planning of future lessons. As well as this, pupil-self assessments are carried out at the end of a unit of work to encourage their ‘voices & choices’. Furthermore, a class computing portfolio is maintained to demonstrate and record the learning of the class. Assessments are made against the National Curriculum using Otrack. These are completed half termly and are accessible to future class teachers to help inform future planning.