The Subject Leader for Computing is Mrs C Cassell
Computing Statement of Intent
Our intention is to develop a curriculum that will provide our children with the skills, knowledge and confidence that they need to become digitally literate.We want children to become problem solvers and to be able to deal with real life tasks. Our curriculum map is broad and balanced to allow children to work on and build upon the 3 areas of computing (digital literacy, information technology and computer science). The progression document clearly shows the progression of the skills through school. It is clear that the skills are built upon each year and there’s plenty of time for recapping and embedding; allowing children to know more and remember more.
We use Rising Stars: Switched on Computing as our computing scheme in order the develop teacher’s CPD. Teachers are encouraged to use this, alongside their professional judgement when planning their lessons. We intend to prepare our children for a future that is being transformed by technology and to keep themselves safe in an increasingly digital world. We want to equip our children with the tools and skills needed to be able to keep themselves and others safe online. They should be able to effectively communicate how to be a responsible digital citizen.
Computing is taught through a clear and comprehensive scheme that works inline with the National Curriculum. We use Rising Stars Switched on Computing and the units often link with the themes across the wider curriculum; allowing those cross-curricular links to make learning relevant and purposeful. Teachers choose 3 units to focus on throughout the year. The units are chosen carefully to ensure they are broad and balanced and covering the objectives and skills on the progression document. We have chosen to focus on a unit per term to allow children to have time to practise the skills they have learnt and to embed them further.
Online safety is taught throughout computing lessons. This allows children to practise the skills of becoming a digitally responsible citizen. In addition to this, children are given the opportunity to explore key issues of online safety during Safer Internet Day.
In school, we have a class set of laptops and a class set of tablets. These resources are timetabled for each class to use. Every class has one timetabled slot for the laptops and at least one slot for the tablets. There are other slots that can be signed up for, should teachers wish to use them. We are also developing physical computing throughout school and are currently purchasing additional equipment for this.Teachers assess computing through teacher judgements. Evidence for this is collected through online files and through the use of Seesaw. Assessment judgements are recorded on Target Tracker.
Our children are digitally literate and are able to use technology responsibly. They are able to confidently communicate how to keep themselves safe online. Children have a comprehensive knowledge of how to use technology to achieve a wide variety of goals. They know more, remember more and understand more about how technology works and the importance of it in a world that is becoming increasingly more digital.