How do we inspire our children in computing?
At Ivington CE Primary, we intend to prepare our children to be confident and competent within a world that is heavily shaped by technology, to be ‘thinkers of the future’. We recognise that the majority of our children, like many others, are using technology on a daily basis at home and at school. Therefore, within our curriculum, we aim to develop knowledge, understanding and confidence to ensure our children go through education and beyond being able to apply the computing skills they have learnt to everyday situations.
We intend for our children to develop their speaking and listening skills within the computing curriculum by using a range of different software, where children of all ages can find, analyse and present information and further evaluate their presentations. We aim to develop independent learners who are fluent in their understanding of computer science by teaching them how to use a range of programs where they are able to design, create and evaluate their work using subject specific vocabulary.
We ensure our children are taught the importance of safe internet use during computing lessons but also in our bespoke SMSC/PSHE curriculum. In every year group, e-safety is a key focus and by teaching at least two statutory lessons per half term, we are proud that a vast majority of our children have the knowledge and understanding of how to stay safe online. We promote the importance of using technology safely and respectfully by ensuring all our children have access to our specific safe internet use area both in school and on both our Parents and Children’s pages on our website. Our ambition, for our children, is for them to leave us developing their digital literacy and being able to safely use technology and develop their ideas through information and communication technology, which they will be able to apply to their further education and future career to become masters of technology in the rapidly changing digital word.
How do we organise our teaching and learning?
At Ivington CE Primary School our scheme of work for Computing is adapted from the ‘Teach Computing’ Curriculum and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum. This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. It provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks called learning graphs.
The Computer lead ensures the needs of individual members of staff and the school as a whole and provides appropriate support. This support may be provided in a variety of forms as appropriate:
- internally (using skills already in the school) via coaching, mentoring and sharing of skills
- by the Herefordshire Curriculum ICT Support team
- by a teacher in another school
- externally by third party providers of support / suppliers of equipment
- in class support for teachers alongside the children
- attendance at an appropriate course
- by using appropriate e-learning resources
Computing at Ivington CE Primary and Pre-School develops pupils'... equality of opportunity of all and we recognise that children are living in a technological age.
- Children work collaboratively to communicate with each other and the wider world using a range of devices and software. They learn to solve problems and to reason through learning the universal language of coding. Our curriculum encourages creativity and independent learning. Our very significant emphasis on online safety equips children with key strategies.
- We see computing as an important tool to help bring our children’s learning to life and we endeavour to make children familiar with the wide range of ICT that surrounds them. We aim to enable all children to tackle any application with confidence, developing and applying practical skills and gaining sense of achievement.
- We provide direct instruction on how to use software and hardware, whilst also providing opportunities for children to apply these skills.
Using external stimuli children from nursery through to Year 6 are taught about how technology is used in the outside world, and in the workplace.
E-Safety and Digital Citizenship
- A key part of implementing our computing curriculum was to ensure that safety of our pupils is paramount. We take online safety very seriously and we aim to give children the necessary skills to keep themselves safe online. Children have a right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring them, appropriate to their age and stage.
- Children build online resilience through the use of the ‘Project Evolve – Education for a Connected World’ framework. The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.
How does the children’s’ knowledge of computing help them to flourish and feel confident in the subject?
At the end of each year, pupils have developed their computing skills, and have gained a new understanding of online safety issues and how to keep themselves safe online.
- PUPIL VOICE - Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their computing lessons and speak about how they love learning on the computer. Children across the school articulate well about the potential risks of being online, and can talk about ways to keep safe.
- EVIDENCE IN KNOWLEDGE- Pupils know how and why technology is used in the outside world, and in the workplace. They know about different ways that computers can be used.
- EVIDENCE IN SKILLS - Pupils use acquired vocabulary in computing, including coding, lessons. They have the skills to use technology independently, for example accessing age-appropriate software and games in EYFS and using a range of computer software independently in KS1 and KS2.
- BREADTH AND DEPTH - Teachers plan a range of opportunities to use computer technology, inside and outside school.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing.
Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this.
The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally and observing learning regularly.
Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes