COMPUTING – CURRICULUM INTENT
Purpose of study
The primary aim of our Computing curriculum is to provide each student with the knowledge, language and skills needed in order to understand and change the world around them.
At Chapel End we follow the St Helens scheme of work for Computing in line with the revised National Curriculum. Computing encompasses three key areas: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work) information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully) We aim to give the students a solid foundation for future learning and beyond.
In Early Years, their Understanding of the World develops as children use software and different forms of technology to interact with. At Chapel End, the children use laptops and ipads and other forms of technology like bee-bots and microphones. They operate programs like Espresso, Oxford Owls and Mathletics to continue their learning independently, both in the classroom and at home. To develop their understanding of Computing, the children learn about how to keep safe when using technology.
In KS1 and KS2, Computing is taught through all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge becomes increasingly specific and in-depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.
As a socially responsible school we are keen to develop our children’s values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect and rules of law when using digital systems, which we do through our ‘Internet safety day’ and our Computing units of work, assemblies and PHSCE lessons. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media. We strive for our children to be creative and socially respectful citizens who are knowledgeable, tolerant and educated about the wider world.
At Chapel End, computational knowledge and understanding is presented in a variety of ways using skills taught in English, mathematics, science, design & technology and art to develop more meaningful learning experiences. We believe children should be taught computing content through a variety of hands-on learning experiences to develop them as technologists. The teaching of computational vocabulary is key for our children.
In the Early Years, children are assessed against the EYFS age related criteria within the strand Understanding of the World and Technology.
At KS1 & 2 we use the Knowledge & Understanding statements detailed in the National Curriculum to monitor individual pupil progress against the key stage expectations. The system assesses pupil progress against age appropriate descriptors; this enables teachers to monitor which pupils are working towards their age related expectations and who may be exceeding these goals. This information is then used to inform curriculum planning outlining how additional support or challenge can be provided in order to meet the needs of our pupils. This information is also used by teachers when reporting to parents.