What is our approach to Computing?
Computing has been designed across a two year cycle in each phase, using the ‘Rising Stars, Switched-On Computing Scheme’ to tailor the curriculum into a child friendly format.
Children will gain key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).
The children build upon prior learning within each of the three main areas above. For example, in computer science, children are introduced to basic programming in Reception (programmable toys). Within KS1, the children begin to use Scratch programming to create simple animations. By the end of Year six, the children will have developed their skills and knowledge in computer science, enabling them to create and develop their own advanced games.
Our children are growing up in a highly-advanced technological world. It is a necessity that they develop in all three areas of computing to give them the best chance in later life.
The computing curriculum is adapted to the needs of all children. This allows all children to develop and make progress.
What does Computing look like in the classroom?
All teachers have received relevant in-house training to ensure that they have good subject knowledge – especially regarding computer science.
Assessment is ongoing during computing lessons, through questioning and continuous observations. Summative assessment is made at the end of each unit to identify children who have excelled, and those who require extra support.
The modelled use of computing vocabulary alongside child friendly topics provides a context to learning which helps the children to make links in their learning. This then helps the children to talk about the skills they have learnt.
Computing lessons are taught discreetly, however, the skills that the children have learned are transferable throughout the wider curriculum. Children are given opportunities to use their computing knowledge in all subjects.
Monitoring of computing is carried out by the Computing leader, who ensures that children’s work is saved on the school server. Teaching is also monitored to ensure that the Intent is being followed.
How do we measure success in Computing?
Children’s progress is assessed through questioning and monitoring. It is also assessed at the end of each unit, which identifies the children who need extra support, or those who have excelled and require more challenge.
The children’s work is saved in their own personal folder on the school server. Often the work is built upon each week to create a final product by the end of the unit. The children love computing and really engage with the subject.Computing is an always evolving area in the world. The children will leave our school ready with a firm understanding of basic computer science, information technology and digital literacy.