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:
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.
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
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.
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