Computing

Intent:

All pupils at Stannington First School have the right to rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. 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. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world.

Computing has deep links with Mathematics, Science, English 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, robotics 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:

The computing lead from Stannington First School has worked with colleagues across the Morpeth Partnership to create a long term, subject specific plan that show clear progression of knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 13. The school also works closely with local authority advisors who offer staff CPD, e-safety information for staff, parents and carers and access to additional resources.

There are clear medium term plans which outline a sequence of lessons for each subject, carefully planning for progression and depth.

  • Staff embed technology into other subjects to increase as well as support learning.
  • Teacher assessment is measured against the key knowledge and skills and other forms of assessment are used, such as the use of a class quiz, which also supports learners’ ability to block learning and increase space in the working memory.
  • Challenge questions create opportunities for pupils to apply their learning.

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 and children understand how to stay safe when using technology.

 

You may find the following links useful to help your child stay safe online at home:

Reviews for what your kids want to watch

(before they watch it)

 

https://www.commonsensemedia.org/

 

Great advice to help keep your children safe online

 

https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/

Safety information for the whole family

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/hub/4099151/windows-security-help

Report any illegal content on the internet

 

https://www.iwf.org.uk/

Keep up to date with any e-safety issues

 

https://www.childnet.com/

Safety information for parents

 

https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/

Information on gaming safely with resources for parents and children

 

https://news.microsoft.com/2009/01/14/microsoft-encourages-families-to-get-game-smart/

NSPCC – Online Safety

https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/

Impact:

Our Computing curriculum is well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression.

If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, 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 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 discussions about their learning