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Miss Bedson is our curriculum leader for Computing. 

Computing intent statement

‘To equip children with the skills and knowledge they need to use technology safely and creatively through problem solving and collaboration. We want children to become independent and to have fun with technology while developing 21st-century skills.’

 

Our Implementation for our Computing Curriculum

Our school computing curriculum is delivered throughout the year by both, class teachers and our computing specialist. Computing is the new ICT and can be divided into 3 areas: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy (which includes eSafety).  We have then categorised the aims for the new computing curriculum as identified in the Programme of study issued by the Department for Education into these three areas.  We follow a scheme that has been produced by Knowsley’s Leadership Hub to produce that facilitates the implementation of the Computing curriculum across Key Stages 1&2.  The scheme sets out a plan for each the delivery of the new Computing Curriculum for an academic year and includes six-week lesson outlines for Reception to Year 6 classes. It has been linked against the national computing curriculum objectives.

 

The Impact of our Computing Curriculum

Through our computing lessons, pupils should learn key vocabulary and be able to apply their computing skills both wihtin comptuing sessions and across the curriculum. Specific skills will have been developed including:


Computer Science (CS) 

Key Stage 1 Aims
1. Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions 
 2. Create and debug simple programs 
 3. Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs 
 4. Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts 
 Key Stage 2 Aims 
5. Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output 
 6. Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs 
 7. Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web 
8. Appreciate how [search] results are selected and ranked 
 
Information Technology (IT) 
Area Key Stage 1

1. Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content 

 

Area Key Stage 2
2. Use search technologies effectively 
 3. Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information 

Digital Literacy (DL) 

Area Key Stage 1
1. Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school 
2. Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies 
3. Understand the opportunities [networks] offer for communication and collaboration 

 

Area Key Stage 2 
4. Be discerning in evaluating digital content 
5. Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; ident

We have a new computing suite that is frequently used as a stool to support whole class and interventions. 


Professional Development

The effectiveness of the Computing curriculum will be evaluated in discussions with the head teacher, teaching staff, the Computing coordinator and computing speialist. Resources, teaching methods, pupils’ experiences and needs will be identified and priorities for amendments to the policy and in- house support will be established.

Support is identified through:

  • School development planning
  • Curriculum review and evaluation
  • Coordinator needs
  • Individual needs

 

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