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Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Computing

Intent

Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. 

It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on breaking cycles by developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a self-controlled and effective way. We work hard to bridge the digital divide faced by many of our pupils bringing advantage to disadvantage.

Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be curious, confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. 

What we want to achieve with our computing curriculum.

A high- quality computing education that equips our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world in which they live.

A computing programme that has deep links with many subjects across the curriculum such as: Maths, Science and DT

Learning that equips pupils to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content

Experiences that ensure pupils become digitally literate

A subject that prepares our pupils for a 21st century work place and to be active participants in a digital world

Something that allows pupils to become responsible, confident and creative citizens who understand the repercussions when technology is used incorrectly

The opportunity for our pupils to become confident problem solvers when using a range of computer programs

Implementation

Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning.

Our lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges. In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes.

Children also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Data Handling is featured more heavily in UKS2. Skills learnt through KS1 and LKS2 are used to support data presentation. Adult guides are offered, as well as end-of-unit assessments, enabling staff to feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. An example of keywords has been included, showing the progression of specific language involved in children’s learning so that teachers can also assess understanding and progress through vocabulary.

Examples of our learning