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Computing: intent, implementation and impact

Intent:

All pupils at Stannington First  have the right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. 

Computing has links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Stannington First School, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. 

We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can: 

  • Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation

  • Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems 

  • Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems

  • Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum

Implementation:

Stannington First School takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an E-Safety and Acceptable Use Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety (this is part of our computing and PSHE curriculum) and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. Information for parents is included in our Parent Zone on the website and we include e-safety updates in our newsletters too.

We have long term and medium term plans which outline a sequence of lessons for each term, carefully planning for progression and depth.

Teacher assessment is measured against the key knowledge and skills taught and other ongoing forms of assessment are used. 

 

Impact:

Our Computing curriculum is sequenced and is planned to demonstrate progression. 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:  

  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes  

  • Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation

  • Children can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing age appropriate computer programs in order to solve such problems 

  • Children can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems 

  • Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

  • Pupils can confidently talk about how to use the internet safely and securely

  • Pupil can discuss their learning with confidence