Curriculum Statement – Computing
Our Computing Curriculum
The primary intention of the computing curriculum at Strawberry Fields is:
When our current cohort of children enters the workforce in the future, there may be jobs out there that don’t exist today which require a high degree of digital literacy. At Strawberry Fields Primary School our aim is to give the children the foundations, knowledge and skills to work with technology in an ever growing technological world.
Our curriculum will:
The Teach Computing curriculum from The National Centre for Computing which was introduced by the Government, is used in our school to deliver the computing curriculum. Delivery of this scheme covers all of the requirements set out by the National Curriculum.
Additional to this we will cover e-safety and how to use computers and other devices safely both in our homes and in school. As well as teaching this specifically through Safer Internet Day, it will also form a basis for all of our computing lessons and will be a frequent conversation we have with the children.
Each class in school is assigned a slot each week in the ICT suite to support the delivery of the computing curriculum. A discrete computing lesson will be taught to each class every week.
We also have a set of tablets in school, which can be used by a class at a time for additional curriculum delivery.
This year we will trial the implementation of ‘digital diaries’. These will be books that children record their progress in from the computing lesson. The children will independently document what they achieved/what went well in the lesson and something they would like to improve on moving forward.
In Early Years, the focus in our computing curriculum is how to use hardware and software safely. We encourage children to think about how they use technology, how often they use technology, different pieces of technology around their homes and how long they use it for.
The computing curriculum we embed ensures that children develop skills in a progressive manner ensuring that children in each phase are building on the learning from the previous phase. As we are a one and a half form entry school the children will be taught computing on a rolling program over two years.
The impact of our music curriculum is assessed through:
Are pupils able to explain and/or demonstrate their learning at an appropriate level? Do they use appropriate vocabulary when discussing what they have learnt in computing?
The computing lead will drop in on computing lessons delivered in classes throughout school, they will have discussions with children during their lessons how what they have achieved and what they would like to improve on
The children will use digital diaries to record their progress, the computing lead will have discussions with class teachers about the data to moderate judgements
The outcomes observed in computing lessons will be key to formative assessment decisions.
Where the observations, monitoring and assessment listed above suggests that our curriculum implementation is not delivering the required outcomes, the computing leader will work with the senior leadership team, phase leaders and individual class teachers to investigate where changes can be made or support can be offered – for example, through ensuring progression frameworks are correctly structured, auditing resources, or by providing high quality CPD.
Like all areas of curriculum, our Computing curriculum offer is constantly evolving, a working document where changes can and will be made if this will support better outcomes for our children.