The computing curriculum at Leedstown School aims to provide the children with the skills and knowledge necessary to use technologies safely and creatively. Over time, the children will become increasingly more independent using technologies, be able to work collaboratively when solving complex problems and develop resilience when finding solutions by learning from mistakes. Children will embrace and enjoy technology, understand its importance in their everyday lives and recognise that there are exciting career opportunities to be had in computing technologies. It is the intention to develop every child’s computing abilities and technical knowledge during their time at Leedstown, in order that they leave primary school with a solid foundation in 21st century skills.
Implementation of the computing curriculum will build on the subject leader evaluation completed during the previous academic year. It will seek to ensure consistency in the teaching of computing and the experiences of the children across the year groups. The following measures will help ensure the curriculum is thoroughly implemented and the intent is achieved.
- Computing lessons taught at least once a week
- Standalone lessons are provided to tie in with wider curriculum and ensure computing is not taught in isolation.
- Scheme of work progression-grid available to track progress across the school.
- Yearly overviews provided to teachers in order to highlight teaching requirements for academic year.
- Teachers to gather proof-of-progress evidence for 3 children of mixed ability termly.
- Pupil voice to be completed in autumn 2, spring 2 and summer 2 in order to ascertain progress
- Links with local secondary schools to be strengthened and inter-school initiatives (e.g. middle-school internet safety sessions) to be developed.
- Links with technology professionals in and around the local area to be developed in order to bring inspirational speakers into school.
- Safer internet week to be promoted and school to participate in nation-wide initiative.
- Internet safety issues continue to be addressed through parent workshops, provision of reading materials and regular updates of current issues through the school facebook page.
A thorough implementation of the computing curriculum will have the following impact for the children in Leedstown School:
- The children will have been taught, understand and can apply the subject content as laid out in the computing programme of study.
- The children are able to articulate their understanding of computing science, digital literacy and information technology. They are able to give examples of ways to stay safe on-line and recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour.
- There is consistency across the year groups in the quality and frequency of learning using technologies and in the progress made by the children.
- The children can cite examples of times technology has allowed them to access a lesson in the wider curriculum.
- The children can talk enthusiastically about technologies and suggest ways that the digital age differs from that of older generations.
- The children enjoy using technologies, can do so safely and creatively and are receptive to new or unfamiliar technologies, viewing them as a natural development in the modern world.