Through teaching computing we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.
It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in an effective way.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Aims of Computing
The national curriculum for computing and our progress of skills within each milestone aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Are confident in using code and can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Effectively communicate and can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Able to connect with others responsibly and are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Pupils are taught using a range of well known software including Word, PowerPoint and Excel as well as a range of online resources such as Scratch. This software enables children to be taught effective computing skills for life in word process and formula writing alongside more specific skills in coding and programming. Each child has access to the internet and is taught how to use it appropriately and safely alongside how search engines and websites operate. Internet safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning. Children are also taught about vocabulary linked to computing and key skills for life including touch typing. Computing is also cross-curricular, progressing children’s learning in all areas of the curriculum.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. At Woodseaves we use summative assessment to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers planning. Each part of the Computing curriculum is reviewed on a termly basis by the subject leader alongside analysis of children’s attainment.