Computing Curriculum Leader - Miss K Bryon
The primary intention of the computing curriculum, is to teach our children how to communicate, find information and be creative using a range of technology, software, digital media and ICT in order to become digitally literate. The computing curriculum is based on the themes of the National Curriculum, providing our learners with a rich subject knowledge and age appropriate specialised computing vocabulary, facilitating challenging learning opportunities for all, to develop their ICT and computing skills, knowledge and understanding. It is our goal that they will be inspired by computing in order to solve problems, select programs and equipment appropriately and understand the fundamentals of e-safety in order to stay safe online, whilst enjoying everything ICT and computing has to offer, not just across the curriculum, but in everyday life in the 21st century.
In reception – Y6, computing is taught once a week, using the Purple Mash scheme. This scheme is a well-structured approach which ensures children have the opportunity to develop their skills using a range of technology, in line with the National Curriculum requirements ensuring they cover computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
Early Years computing is accessed through the Early Learning Goals linked to the specific area ‘Understanding of the World’. Through this, children are taught to use a simple program, understand internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning. In addition to class-based learning, Reception class have a timetabled slot in the suite each week to further develop their skills.
Assessment descriptions for each computing unit can be found on the teachers shared server. Teacher assessments (TA) are made from observations within the computing sessions. TA data is inputted into our school data tracking system bi-annually at February half term and at the end of the academic year in July.
The intended impact is for the majority of children in each year group to be working at or above the expected standards for their age. In addition to this, we want them to be inspired by computing and want to learn more; be able to show progression in their subject knowledge, as well as their computer science, information technology and digital literacy skills; be able to discuss their learning and have key concepts embedded into their long term memory and finally to understand where their learning in computing can take them into the future!