INTENT, IMPLEMENTATION AND IMPACT
Our computing curriculum is designed to give all of our children a broad experience of different media types, the opportunity to develop their computer literacy skills so that they can access technology in a safe way. We will do this by helping them:
- Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science.
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Provide opportunities for children to explore the school’s learning behaviours of being proactive, determined, inventive and reflective through the teaching of computing.
How is this subject planned?
- We follow the Teach Computing
(https://teachcomputing.org/) scheme of work which incorporates objectives from Year 1 to Year 6. Children in EYFS access this alongside KS1 through the cycles of our curriculum.
- Each class embeds the unit plans into their curriculum cycles, making cross curricula links to other topics where appropriate.
Our computing skills are broken down into:
- Computing Systems and Networks
- Creating Media (Pictures, Images, Models)
- Creating Media (Sound and Music)
- Creating Media (Text and Multimedia)
- Data and Information
And e-safety is taught through each of these units.
How is this subject taught?
- Computing skills are either taught in isolation or through cross curricular opportunities such as in science, maths or art.
- Children have access to a range of computing equipment e.g. PC’s, laptops, netbooks, iPads, Micro-Bit, Lego Mindstorms, Beebots.
- We use a range of software including Scratch, Microsoft Office, Google, Chrome Music Lab etc
- E-safety is taught in every term.
How is this subject assessed?
- By the end of each unit, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills
and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. Teachers make assessments against the skills progression accordingly – and keep track of any children
who are not meeting these skills.
- Assessment of Computing is reported to parents in the annual report.
How is this subject monitored?
- This subject is in focus once every three years. When in focus there will be an action plan to develop the subject which will be monitored by governors on the curriculum committee.
- The subject leader is responsible for
monitoring the planning, teaching and
assessment of the subject. This is achieved through subject review staff meetings where learning and planning is shared and compared to skills progressions.
Computing Skills Progression
Computing Subject Overview