At Staincliffe C of E Junior School, we provide all of our children with a high-quality education in computing which provides access to an ever changing and expanding digital world. The core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to show courage and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We develop the joy of computing and provide children with computer skills to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding through different types of media in other subjects whilst keeping safety and trust in others, at the forefront of their minds.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Computing is taught as part of a termly topic, focusing on skills and knowledge stated in the National Curriculum and in areas specific to the need of our children. Our skills-focussed computing curriculum is delivered through a sequence of engaging ‘big questions’ as the hook that starts each learning journey. Alongside classroom based learning, we use a variety of online learning and apps to enhance our children’s learning experiences.
Our curriculum provides:
- understanding what algorithms are.
- creating and debugging simple programs.
- using logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
- using technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- recognising common uses of information technology beyond school.
- using technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and know where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content.
To track the progress of our digital learners, we:
- Create Knowledge Organisers which outline knowledge including vocabulary all children must master and apply in lessons.
- a low stakes quiz regularly to support learner’s ability to retain learning and increase space in the working memory
- ‘Challenge Questions’ for pupils to apply learning in a philosophical / open manner
- Capture ‘Pupil Voice’ at regular intervals
By the time they leave us, as digital learners, our children will have:
- Competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
- The ability to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity.
- An understanding of the connected nature of devices.
- The ability to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
- The ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.
Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with our curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress and support is put in place for those working towards the curriculum objectives.