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Computing

 

Aims

The national curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:

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

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

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

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

 

 

Planning and Teaching

Teachers plan weekly Computing lessons taking learning objectives and lesson ideas from our ‘Purple Mash’ and 'Teach Computing' Schemes of Work. This schemes cover all of the revised National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study for Key Stages 1 and 2 (2014).

 SHAPE  \* MERGEFORMAT ‚ÄčThe schemes are broken down into  different themed units of work for each year group. In their weekly planning teachers adapt the lesson suggestions based on the needs of individual pupils in their class and the computer programs we have in school. All work is differentiated according to need.

Every class is timetabled to use the computer suite twice a week. One of these sessions is to teach the Computing programmes of study and the other lesson is to support cross-curricular work. Teachers make use of Interactive Whiteboards in every class to model the use of various programs and applications. Each year group also has the opportunity to request the use of portable laptops and iPads in class.

 

 

 

 

 

Online Safety

Different aspects of Online Safety are taught, every term, as a part of our Computing curriculum. We also hold an annual Friendship/Online Safety Week to promote a sensible use of the latest technology. This includes pupil assemblies, workshops for parents and staff training. We have various policies in place to protect staff and children.

 

 

 

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