Burton Road Primary School
Written September 2021
Mrs C Roe
At Burton Road Primary School, we are lucky that we have various resources to aid with the teaching of computing. We have iPads available for all key stages as well as desktop computers, laptops and Chromebooks. In an increasingly digital world there now exists a wealth of software, tools and technologies that can be used to communicate, collaborate, express ideas and create digital content. At Burton Road Primary we recognise that pupils are entitled to a broad and balanced computing education with a structured, progressive, approach to the learning how computer systems work, the use of IT and the skills necessary to become digitally literate and participate fully in the modern world. We believe that IT, computer science and digital literacy are essential life skills. We aim to provide a curriculum that is ambitious for all pupils and that is successfully adapted for pupils with SEND needs.
Primary Computing helps pupils to:
- Develop computational skills that will benefit them throughout their lives
- Equip pupils with the confidence and skills to use digital tools and technologies
- Enhance and enrich learning in other areas of the curriculum using IT and computing
- Develop the understanding of how to use computers responsibly
- Be prepared for the future digital world
Knowledge and Skills:
We follow a programme which motivates and enthuses children and allows then to be the creators of digital content rather than simply consumers of it. The computing curriculum at Burton Road offers the opportunity for communication and collaboration, using software and ‘unplugged’ resources. Children follow a structured programme where the Computing curriculum is structured into units for each year group, and each unit is broken down into lessons. The units for key stages 1 and 2 are based on a spiral curriculum. This means that each of the themes is revisited regularly (at least once in each year group), and pupils revisit each theme through a new unit that consolidates and builds on prior learning within that theme. The Teach Computing Curriculum has been written to support all pupils. Each lesson is sequenced so that it builds on the learning from the previous lesson, and where appropriate, activities are scaffolded so that all pupils can succeed and thrive. Scaffolded activities provide pupils with extra resources, such as visual prompts, to reach the same learning goals as the rest of the class. Exploratory tasks foster a deeper understanding of a concept, encouraging pupils to apply their learning in different contexts and make connections with other learning experiences.
At Burton Road Primary School, we believe that all children should be prepared for live in the digital world and understand how it works. We want them to be digitally literate and be able to transfer their skills to other areas of the curriculum, for presenting and researching, doing so with confidence. We also want children who understand the importance of positive behaviours online and what to do if there is an issue.
Our long-term ‘Teach Computing’ plan ensures that there is full coverage of the National Curriculum objectives across all year groups. We use the progression of skills and knowledge in order to ensure that children are building upon their learning each year. Units are revisited to so that skills can be build upon. Each year group has a half termly unit which is split up into lessons plans with resources to support. The units cover the 3 areas of computing; digital literacy, computer science and IT.
The impact of our science teaching is measured by the outcomes of the computing lessons and how these skills can be transferred into other curriculum areas. Children will know how to use search technologies effectively, select the right software, know what algorithms are and write and debug programs.
They will be respectful and responsible in their online behaviours.
Monitoring will take place by the computing coordinator of the lessons and outcomes.
Outcomes will be saved so that a record can be kept.