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We want our children to be masters in computing!

 

Here at New Ford we teach computing by actively encouraging children to challenge themselves in the subject area. We support children to consider how taught skills could be used for future career pathways in a digital world. Across the Academy, we teach computing discretely in a systematic way ensuring progression is evident through the year groups and key stages. Key skills are built upon through progression and children are challenged accordingly.  

 

The curriculum is designed to ensure skills are progressive and allow children to retain key skills and knowledge from previous learning.

 

As an Academy, online safety is a key priority and it is embedded within our whole school ethos. It is a golden thread  through our curriculum and we support children and parents to ensure children are aware of the dangers they face when accessing online material. 

 

Intent

 

At our school we intend that children should master Computing to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Computing and make use of Computing effectively in their everyday lives, without being completely reliant on technology. Our children will be taught to use technology responsibly and carefully, being mindful of how their behaviour, words and actions can affect others. They learn the importance of being a good digital citizen and the impact that their actions online have on their digital footprint. Our children will be taught Computing in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning both within and across year groups/ key stages. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of technology in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.

 

 

Implementation

 

In order to achieve the outlined intentions, the Computing curriculum is continuously reviewed through monitoring and evaluation by the Subject Leader and Senior Leadership Team.  Teachers will demonstrate a high level of enthusiasm for the subject content and their expectations of the pupils are driven by the long term planning that focuses on three key areas:

 

  • Computer Science – the understanding of coding and programming across a range of physical devices and digital resources.
  • Information Technology – the range of skills required to operate and manipulate specific programs, systems, and content.
  • Digital Literacy – the knowledge required to use technology safely and to evaluate and react to any potential risks of the online/digital world. 

 

We follow a broad and balanced Computing curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow a scheme of work set out in purple mash and teachers personalise this where appropriate. This scheme ensures the progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Computing curriculum. It enables basic skills to become embedded and built upon in future year groups. Learning journeys are flexible to meet the needs of the children whilst ensuring full coverage of the national curriculum.

 

All classes will have a scheduled Computing lesson each week and this is taught within the classroom environment using personal laptops. Other technology is used additionally throughout all areas of the curriculum and computing is encouraged in all of those areas. Online safety is a golden thread throughout our curriculum and this is taught discretely within the scheme of work (at a year group level) and it is delivered via whole school assemblies. Further to this, bespoke drop in sessions are delivered to year groups according to specific needs that they might have.

 

Children’s work is saved in individual folders on purple mash and referred to during monitoring. We monitor pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge and observing how they perform in lessons. We talk to them about what they know and their enjoyment of the subject. This evidence is then used to support staff and to shape future subject development.

 

 

 

 

We want to ensure that Computing is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using technology are always taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Impact

 

Children will understand and appreciate the value of Computing in the context of their personal wellbeing and the technological, creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.

 

We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. We will see children making the best decisions when accessing online material ensuring that we produce effective digital citizens of the future. Children show an awareness of the risks associated with the 3C’s (online contact, conduct and content). They will make conscious decisions taking into account the importance of a positive digital footprint.

 

The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. The discussions they have us during pupil voice further highlights the impact. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through their individual work folders on purple mash. Curriculum coverage and levels of pupil understanding are monitored and outcomes from this shape future curriculum planning.

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