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Computing

To create competent, confident and safe users of technology

 

Intent:

At Wilbury Junior School, we aim to provide children the opportunities to access all aspects of Computing across the broader curriculum and in focused Computing lessons. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. We understand that technology is used throughout the world and gives children the essential knowledge and skills needed to flourish in the world around them. We want to develop children’s personal skills through Computing, so they can apply these skills in any activity or subject. Through Computing, we want to develop resilient and independent learners who enjoy being challenged and are not afraid to take risks with their learning. Our desire is for the children to feel a sense of awe and wonder and to have an inquisitive mind in order to make connections with the world around them. We want children to show a love for learning and a determination for self-improvement. Children will develop essential team skills, where they will learn to share an opinion, justify it and then reflect on their peer’s responses before drawing their own conclusions. Through this intent, we can create life-long learners and help children achieve their ambitions whilst having a positive impact in the world.

 

Implementation:

 

All pupils have an hours dedicated Computing lesson a week in addition to time in the classrooms where technology is used to enhance subjects across our curriculum. This enables all children to have access to the three aspects of Computing: Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science in line with the National Curriculum.

The Computing curriculum is delivered through our scheme of learning Teach Computing, which was created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation on behalf of the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), which is funded by the Department for Education. The units of our curriculum are based on a spiral curriculum. This means that each of the themes is revisited regularly (at least once in each year group), and pupils revisit each theme through a new unit that consolidates and builds on prior learning within that theme. This style of curriculum design reduces the amount of knowledge lost through forgetting, as topics are revisited yearly. It also ensures that connections are made even if different teachers are teaching the units within a theme in consecutive years.

 

The Teach Computing Curriculum has been written to support all pupils. Each lesson is sequenced so that it builds on the learning from the previous lesson, and where appropriate, activities are scaffolded so that all pupils can succeed and thrive. Scaffolded activities provide pupils with extra resources, such as visual prompts, to reach the same learning goals as the rest of the class. Exploratory tasks foster a deeper understanding of a concept, encouraging pupils to apply their learning in different contexts and make connections with other learning experiences.

 

We use a range of assessment for learning techniques particularly questioning. This allows us to challenge and consolidate learning as well as identify areas of strength and development. As a result, we can then adapt learning to meet the needs of all children. We also believe that on the spot marking and feedback has the most impact when supporting children with their learning, which is in line with our marking policy. We use peer and self-assessment regularly, so that the children have a chance to reflect on their own learning as well as being provided with the opportunity to discuss their ideas with others.

 

The safe use of technology will be taught throughout the Computing Curriculum. However, it will also be taught in Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) through the themes of Respectful Behaviours, Online Relationships and Being Safe. Regular assemblies will also take place throughout the whole school promoting the importance of the safe use of technology. 

 

Impact:

Our Computing curriculum ensures children are given the knowledge and skills, which they can then apply in a range of different contexts. It gives children the essential skills needed to succeed in everyday life. Children will leave Wilbury Junior School confident, competent and safe users of technology with the foundations to succeed and thrive as part of the world around them. We will know we have been successful by:

 

  • Computing lessons taught every week and throughout the curriculum
  • Children are able to talk about the safe use of technology through pupil voice
  • By July 2023, at least 70% of children are at the expected standard for Computing in each year group
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