Our Approach to Teaching Computing

Curriculum Intent

In Computing, our children are offered a structured sequence of lessons to ensure coverage of the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum.  They are given a broad learning experience that balances all areas of Computing – Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology.  

Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal role in our children’s lives, therefore, we want to model and educate our children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.  E-safety is paramount in our teaching.  Each lesson begins with an e-safety reminder and we celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’ as a whole school.   

Our children can access Chromebooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practise the skills they have learnt.  We recognise that technology can allow children to share their learning in creative ways and our curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively.  This also links well with Mathematics, Science and Design and Technology.  Staff are encouraged to embed Computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible to all.

Implementation

Children have their own username and password to access their Google Drive area.  They can log in at school or at home on a number of devices.

Each Computing lesson helps children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges.  Through each sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world and to see its place in their future.  Each week we have a timetabled Computing lesson and because each class has access to their devices for the whole day, children can apply their learnt skills into other areas of the curriculum also.

At the start of each unit of work, key vocabulary is shared with the children.  Our children begin their journey with technology in Early Years, with access to iPads and Bee-Bots.  Teachers facilitate children’s curiosity with challenge and model how to use the equipment carefully and safely.

In Key stage 1, we focus on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely.  Children continue their journey with the Bee-Bots, using them more precisely. They learn how to programme a Bee-Bot to reach a destination and begin to be able to debug when something does not work out the way they imagined.  When starting to use a Chromebook, they learn how to log on and off using their own username and password. They learn about online safety and what to do if they encounter something that makes them feel uncomfortable, as well as what personal information is and why it is important we do not share it with someone on the internet. Coding then progresses from Bee-Bots onto a computer-based programme where children learn how to programme a variety of characters (sprites).

In Key stage 2, lessons still focus on algorithms and programming, but in a more complex way.  Their coding journey also continues, although now it is used for different purposes, not only making the sprites move, but interact with each other. As children progress higher up the key stage, the coding becomes more complex and they are able to create basic games with code. Their digital literacy skills are combined with other subjects and work is word-processed and presentations are created.  The children are also taught internet safety throughout each year.  They know how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they come across something that makes them feel uncomfortable. KS2 are taught the importance of reporting something they experience happening to themselves or another person.

Each teacher will use the progression of skills map to help them with their end of unit assessments. 

Impact

Children enjoy Computing lessons and we want them to reflect and appreciate the impact Computing has on their learning and development.  We want them to develop a deeper understanding of how they can use the skills they have learnt in their future, but to also know that finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle.  Most importantly, we want the children to have a very clear understanding of what it means to be safe online and how to report their concerns.  Also, for them to be more aware of their digital footprint and to recognise early signs of cyber bullying.

We want to encourage the way pupils display, share and celebrate their work and to look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools like Google Drive and observing learning regularly.  Teachers will have high expectations and evidence will be presented in a variety of forms.  Children will use key vocabulary accurately and will be more confident using a range of hardware and software.  Children will see the digital world as part of their world and they will be confident and respectful digital citizens now, and in the future.

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