INTENT: At All Saints we understand that a high quality Computing education is vital for our pupils’ ability to interact with an increasingly technological world, and as a foundation for many future careers. First and foremost, we believe that all pupils should be engaged in dialogue about the safe use of technology and the internet from an early age. In addition, learning the processes and terminology related to programming right from Reception is also vital in supporting our pupils in the use, and own design, of technology in the future. By nurturing hearts and inspiring minds, we encourage our pupils to explore and create with technology in different ways. The staff at All Saints ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, including regular fluency to help embed the knowledge and processes they will rely on as adults.
IMPLEMENTATION: In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in Computing, we have created a customised curriculum for All Saints that matches the available technology and mixed-age classes we have in our school. Pupils in KS1 learn programming and other related skills through the use of laptops (running Windows), ipad apps, cameras, beebots and practical activities (such as the human robot).
KS2 pupils primary access the different areas on the Computing curriculum using their Chromebooks and Google Suite, but continue to have fluency lessons relating to skills learned in KS1. Pupils have individual Chromebooks which are available to them in all subjects, and are taught to access learning via Google Classroom when necessary. KS2 also use ipads, online programming sites (Scratch and Turtle Academy – Logo) and other types of technology such as 3D printers and cameras.
We follow a 2-year cycle in each class for both E-Safety and Programming skills. Digital Literacy skills are taught at the start of each year as part of our fluency. Whilst these skills are not explicitly highlighted on the National Curriculum, we feel it is vital for the children to regularly revisit these skills so that they can access the rest of the computing curriculum more confidently.
IMPACT: The impact and measure of this is to ensure that children at All Saints are equipped with skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world. We want the children to be confident about using and talking about technology. We want them to be safe and considerate users of technology. We want them to question how programmes work, to work collaboratively and to find better ways of making things happen. Above all, we want our pupils to leave us equipped with the skills they need to access a world that is ever-more reliant on technology.
At the end of KS1, pupils will be able to:
- Understand and explain the terminology algorithm, programs, debug
- Create, record and predict the outcome of a simple program
- Debug simple programs
- Login to the school network, or online learning resources, using a password
- Create, open and save digitial content using different types of technology
- Recognise the uses of technology in the wider world (specifically libraries, hospitals and supermarkets)
- Use technology safely and talk about E-Safety
At the end of KS2, pupils will be able to:
- Understand and explain the terminology algorithm, programs, debug, variable, input and output
- Design, write and debug programs using a variety of software, (Scratch, Logo, Google Slides)
- Use variables, repetition and sequences in their programming
- Use a range of different types of technology for different purposes
- Use technology safely and talk about E-Safety (see separate E Safety section).
(to be developed in all lessons)
Spiritual: Explore beliefs and experience; respect faiths, feelings and values; enjoy learning about oneself, others and the surrounding world; use imagination and creativity; reflect.
Using technology to create and share learning that reflects our school ethos and the things that inspire us.
Moral: Recognise right and wrong; respect the law; understand consequences; investigate moral and ethical issues; offer reasoned views.
Making links to e safety, cyberbullying and copyright.
Social: Use a range of social skills; participate in the local community; appreciate diverse viewpoints; participate, volunteer and cooperate; resolve conflict; engage with the 'British values' of democracy, the rule of law, liberty, respect and tolerance.
Using technology to communicate with others and to access news and views from around the world using online digital media.
Cultural: Appreciate cultural influences; appreciate the role of Britain's parliamentary system; participate in culture opportunities; understand, accept, respect and celebrate diversity.
Making links to e safety, cyberbullying and copyright. Using technology to communicate with others and to access news and views from around the world using online digital media.
(to be developed in all lessons)
The core British Values are:
- Rule of Law
- Mutual Respect
- Individual Liberty
The teaching of Computing, inparticular E-Safety, allows for many opportunities to discuss areas linked to our British Values, such as cyberbullying, copyright, privacy laws and use of social media.