Computing Subject Leader: Miss L Robinson
Our Computing Curriculum Intent
Technology is becoming an every day part of life. At Girnhill we hope to prepare our children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology.
Our main priority of computing at Girnhill is to engage children with cross-curricular learning through interacting with a variety of technology. At Girnhill, we see technology as enriching learning opportunities. Therefore, we endeavour to provide computing opportunities throughout each area of the curriculum to provide a stimulus for learning.
We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of ICT. As well as the benefits of ICT, we are also aware of the risks. This is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of e-safety awareness sessions and safer internet days.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is underpinned by the Characteristics of Effective Learning. They are:
Playing and Exploring/Engagement
- Finding out and exploring
- Playing with what they know
- Being willing to 'have a go'
- Being involved and concentrating
- Keeping trying
- Enjoying achieving what they set out to do
Creating and Thinking Critically/Thinking
- Having their own ideas
- Making links
- Choosing ways to do things
Key Stage 1
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.
Our Computing Curriculum Implementation
Early Years Foundation Stage
- To recognise that a range of technology is used within home and school.
- To select and use technology for a particular purpose.
Key Stage 1
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Pupils are taught to -
- understand what algoriths are.
- create and debug simple programs.
- use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
- use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
- recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
- use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private and know where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content.
Our Computing Curriculum Impact
Computing assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed at the end of each unit to inform leaders of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Computing is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as folder/book scrutinies, lesson observations and pupil interviews.