Computing Leads - Mr Pyne & Mr Fitton
Computing Curriculum Intent
The intent of our Computing curriculum in school is to equip our children with thinking skills, digital literacy knowledge and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing allows our children to develop skills in finding, exploring, safely sharing and presenting information. These skills support our children to problem-solve, investigate and express themselves in a variety of ways, using a variety of forms. We promote the safe use of the internet at the core of our Computing curriculum coverage. Our whole school approach to e-safety ensures that we are able to teach children about staying safe and behaving responsibly when using internet technologies.
Through the teaching of Computing, we prepare children at Button Lane for participation in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. This is further enhanced by the range of equipment that is used. We understand that what we are teaching in computing and the tools we use to deliver this at the start of their school career are not likely to be the same as those used when they leave Y6.
Whilst taught as a stand-alone subject, Computing is also valued as a teaching and learning tool across the curriculum. It significantly enhances teaching and learning in all subjects by enabling rapid access to knowledge, information and experiences from a wide range of sources. We endeavour to teach pupils to be selective in their choice of information sources and to understand that not everything on the internet is valid. We are committed to keeping children safe online and in supporting parents/carers to understand their responsibilities in this area through sharing information eg. leaflets and through presentations. The curriculum has been designed to be progressive and engaging for all year groups.
Assessment is used as a tool to inform our teaching and learning and to measure the impact of the curriculum we have created. We vary our approach to assessment to ensure it is tailored towards each subject. It takes place purposefully and meaningfully at key points across the year.
We assess each Computing unit in the following ways:
- A knowledge catcher at the beginning of each unit to assess prior knowledge and at the end of the project to review progress
- Daily reviews to assess prior knowledge and starting points at the beginning of each lesson
- Low stakes end of unit quiz to assess the key knowledge and end points
- Moderation within school using the pupils books/ work, observations and end of unit projects/outcomes using clear descriptors
- Pupil Voice
Conversations between subject leaders and class teachers take place to ensure that standards across the curriculum are monitored and reported annually to staff, parent’s and governors
Our Computing gallery showcases computing from our lessons and within our other curriculum areas. This includes screenshots and pictures of work that has been produced from across our different year groups.