Computing at All Saints’ allows children to be creative and explore their world for answers using technology safely.
The National Curriculum (2014) states that the computing curriculum 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.
Here at All Saints', we understand the enthusiasm and love our children have for the growing world of technology. Computing allows children to learn how to apply their knowledge and skills to a whole interactive, virtual world whilst developing their minds to create and solve problems using the creative resources and software given to them. Our Computing Curriculum is taught from EYFS to Year 6 and during this time, children are given the opportunity to learn and put into practice these numerous skills. These skills are built upon year on year, until the end of year Key Stage Two where children will emerge accomplished and successful in many aspects of computing. Within the computing curriculum, children learn through enquiry based tasks and have to gain new skills to complete these units of work. Children in all key stages learn computer programming and coding, testing and debugging and become confident with this by the end of Key Stage Two.
All members of staff ensure that children are catered for and challenged within the computing curriculum and children are encouraged to take their learning as far as possible. During computing lessons, children are encouraged to become independent learners by taking problems apart, analysing them and then applying their knowledge and choosing from the given resources, to solve these problems. We always encourage children to test their ideas and give things a go to see what happens and learn from their mistakes.
At All Saints' we value the fundamental part that technology plays in the life of the school. We strive to keep children safe online and provide them with the knowledge and tools to do so. We will also empower parents, carers and the wider community with up to date information regarding keeping children safe online. We recognise the unique contribution that e-learning makes to the motivation and effectiveness of learners in our school and the role that the school has in preparing pupils for their future by improving their knowledge and understanding of how technology is an aid to learning. The dual delivery of a computing curriculum and the use of computing to support other curriculum areas will empower pupils to learn creatively through innovative and flexible provision, directed by a progressive and differentiated syllabus. We use IT and computing to empower staff to work more efficiently, creatively and effectively to improve their teaching and the assessing of the pupils in their class.
Computing fits into all elements of the curriculum at All Saints'. We follow the units set out by Purple Mash to ensure all key areas of the computing curriculum are taught and revisited during a child's primary school years. This allows our children to build on their learning year after year, building on their vocabulary and to also practice skills where they may not be as confident and likewise, progress their knowledge and skills even further. Computing tasks are included on our termly homework grid which allows children to apply their skills of computing to other areas of the curriculum and see the importance of computing across all areas of their learning.
We have a wide variety of resources to support learning both in computing lessons and across the curriculum. We have laptops accessible for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two. Classrooms are well resourced with interactive whiteboards, a laptop or a PC and class iPads which are used to enhance children’s learning. The school also makes use of shared resources such as iPads, laptops and netbooks which can be used within lessons or as part of group work.
Computing plays a huge part in ensuring the curriculum we deliver to our children is engaging and current. We ensure that the teaching and learning of computing enables all of our pupils to continue to learn and grow in this digital world we live in and provides them with the skills and knowledge to do this well and safely. We try to link skills taught to real life situations to ensure that our pupils can see the importance and necessity of computing in our ever growing, technological world. The successful teaching and use of computing is evident in the enthusiasm our children have for the use of technology to aid and enhance their learning and also in the work produced with the use of computers and ensuring we do this by giving our children the opportunities to apply their computational skills.