Computing- Intent, implementation and impact
At Horsell C of E Junior School, all of our children are encouraged to be successful in an ever-changing world. Computing and technology are central to this. It is our intent that our school continues to evolve and keep up to date with changes in technology. Our computing curriculum is sequenced in a way that builds upon prior knowledge and acknowledges that children are exposed to modern computing every day in the home environment.
What do we want for our learners in Computing?
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
What is our vision?
The Horsell Big Picture: Pupils will become creators using technology rather than being consumers of technology. Children will be responsible and respectful digital citizens with an awareness of staying safe in a digital world.
What are the key skills and knowledge we want to instil over the course of the curriculum?
- Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems;
- solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
- Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content.
- 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.
- Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Please see the skills and knowledge document within the main computing page.
How is our curriculum taught?
Computing takes place either within our ICT suite or within the classroom using I-pads or Chromebooks. Sessions are taught weekly with additional Internet safety sessions taught through PSHE sessions and whole school assemblies.
How is our curriculum progressive?
In computing, we teach a progressive curriculum using a range of technology, apps and software. We also encourage discussion and activities that enable the children to think about how they use technology safely and respectfully in everyday life outside of the school environment. Furthermore, we encourage technology to be used as a tool across the curriculum enabling children to develop skills, knowledge and confidence ensuring that computing is a subject which is really cross curricular.
How do we know that we have a successful curriculum?
The new curriculum (Teach Computing) has been successfully rolled out across the school and teachers are confident delivering the new lessons. Through effective half-termly CPD and regular on-call curriculum support, the quality of provision is effective for transition from KS1 and on to KS3. The children are able to build on previous skills and knowledge and are engaged to achieve within lessons and beyond.
What do our learners tell us?
Pupil Voice shows that children enjoy the computing lessons. Children are engaged in computing learning and many applied to be school Digital Leaders to represent the subject.
What do our learners show us?
Children are able to demonstrate their confidence using technology. They have a keen interest in developing links across units such as programming and are particularly vocal in units such as online safety.
How do pupils at Horsell CofE Junior School leave our school as a Computing learner?
By the end of Key Stage 2, children at Horsell will be to understand, select and apply relevant skills and processes to perform a range of creative and efficient computing tasks with competency. They are ready and prepared for continuing their studies at secondary school and are positive yet aware about the online world.
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