Why we teach Computing?
At St Peter’s we intend that children should master Computing to such an extent that they can go on to have careers within Computing and make use of Computing effectively in their everyday lives, without being completely reliant on technology. Our children are taught to use technology responsibly and respectfully, being mindful of how their behaviour, words and actions can affect others.
“Be an example for the believers in your speech, your conduct, your love, faith, and purity.” 1 Timothy 4:12
Our children are taught Computing in a way that ensures progression of skills, and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Our children will gain experience and skills of a wide range of technology that will enhance their learning opportunities, enabling them to use technology across a range of subjects to be creative and solve problems, ensuring they make progress.
What we teach in Computing?
“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.”
(National Curriculum, Computing Programme of Study, 2014)
We follow a broad and balanced Computing curriculum that builds on previous learning and provides both support and challenge for learners. We follow the Kapow Computing scheme that ensures progression of skills and covers all aspects of the Computing curriculum. All classes have scheduled Computing lessons and links are made to the computing curriculum through other subjects. Children use a range of technology including laptops and class sets of iPads to capture their work which is recorded by the class teacher for reference and assessment. We ensure that Computing is embedded in our whole school curriculum and that opportunities for enhancing learning by using technology are always taken.
Our children enjoy and value Computing and know why they are doing things, not just how. Children understand and appreciate the value of Computing in the context of their personal wellbeing and the technological, creative and cultural industries and their many career opportunities.
Progress in Computing is demonstrated through regularly reviews of children’s work. The following strategies are used by teachers to ensure the progression of computing skills:
- Looking at pupils’ work, especially over time as they gain skills and knowledge
- Observing how students perform in lessons
- Discussions with pupils to them about what they know.
- Pupil participation in low stakes quizzes
The Computing curriculum contributes to children’s personal development in creativity, independence, judgement and self-reflection. This is demonstrated through students being able to talk confidently about their work, and sharing their work with others. Progress is shown through outcomes and through the important record of the process leading to them. Take a look below to see some of the types of things children at St Peter’s will experience throughout the computing curriculum.
“I like computing because we get to learn using games and it also helps me with other things I don’t know like directions.”
“I like computing because you get to experience different ways of learning.”
“I love learning coding through games!”
“I love to tell computers how to do things and watch them carry out my instructions!”
Want to find out more…
For further information on what is covered in the computing curriculum click here https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zvnrq6f
For information on keeping children safe online at home click here https://www.nspcc.org.uk/keeping-children-safe/online-safety/