Computing

 

“Because our children live in an ever changing, influential, digital world, our computing curriculum embeds e-safety and teaches the skills required to support their learning across the curriculum.”

At Studlands Rise, we want to equip children with the skills and creativity required to change the world. They will need to use draw upon other subject knowledge such as their maths, Science and D&T skills to understand computing systems. We want them to be digitally literate on a range of systems so they can actively participate in the digital world. Developing digital resilience is a key aspect of the curriculum Our children will become equipped to recognise and overcome the challenges of the modern, digital world.

 

Intent

It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.

 

We intend to build a computing curriculum that develops pupil’s learning and results in the acquisition of knowledge of the world around them that ensures 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.

 

We intend to build a computing curriculum that prepares pupils to live safely in an increasingly digital British society where pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.

 

Implementation

At Studlands Rise we believe that children should be using computers from an early age to help improve their skills when navigating and using devices - after all, some of our children will be using 22nd-century technology one day!

Studlands Rise follows a clear and effective, cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum.  To ensure that children are being exposed to high-quality lessons focusing on the skills and knowledge required to be successful ‘computational thinkers’, we have invested in Purple Mash. This ensures that 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.

With regards to EYFS, children are taught computing through a range of different approaches. The teachers teach their phonics through videos shared with the children which the children help to navigate and control. The children also are exposed to mechanical toys and understanding how to programme them and use them. Children have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications. We have a a clear and effective scheme of work in place (Purple Mash is also used in the Early Years) that provides coverage in line with the Early Years Framework.

Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media. Wider curriculum links and opportunities for the safe use of digital systems are also considered in wider curriculum planning. The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment and computer suite and parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.

 

As well as opportunities underpinned within the scheme of work, children will also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety via our PSHE scheme of work.

 

At Studlands Rise, we are Digital Learners.

 

We 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
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