Computing

Computing


Intent

At Moorhill Primary School we understand that computing is an integral part of life within school and outside of it, therefore we understand how important it is to prepare our children to be able to interact and stay safe in an increasingly digital world.  

Our Curriculum is designed to cover all aspects of the National Curriculum, which has been broken down into the skills, knowledge and vocabulary needed. This forms the computing Curriculum map, which ensures a structured progression building upon children’s prior learning. Planned sequences of learning will take account of prior knowledge and skills development, building upon these to prepare for the next stage in their learning journey. 

E safety is a key area of learning. Skills and knowledge are further developed by using Project Evolve alongside our Curriculum map, this allows us to meet any unique needs for our children which may arise, as well as a tool to enhance digital Literacy both in school and through home learning.

Pupils are introduced to a range of technology, including desktops, laptops, iPad’s, control and programming toys, allowing them to practice and improve their skills, in order to continue their learning journey and prepare them for life.

Implementation

Our computing curriculum has been designed following the National Curriculum for Computing for KS1 and KS2 and The Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. Teachers use the Curriculum map to plan learning and alongside this we use Education for a Connected Curriculum and Project Evolve to underpin our teaching of online safety. Where appropriate, the teaching of these skills is linked to the termly topic being taught, other times it will be as a discrete unit. 

At Moorhill, children have access to a range of equipment, ensuring that they can use ICT for a range of purposes and across different curriculum areas.

Outside school the use of computing is promoted through Times Table Rockstars, Myon (Reading at home) and Spelling Frame. We have chosen these in order to reinforce these skills through access both in school and at home.

Every year we participate in the Online Safety day in February, to further reinforce and develop understanding in this area of learning. Staff within school receive yearly training through the National Online Safety website

Impact

Our computing curriculum is well thought out and planned to give children the skills, knowledge and opportunity to be challenged in their thinking and learning and prepare for their next stage of learning and into their future lives. 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

Pupil discussions and interviews about their learning

An assessment of standards achieved judged against the skills and knowledge outlined in our Curriculum map (three times per year)

Evidence of pupils work, gathered at the end of units

By the time our children leave Moorhill Primary we want them to:

Understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representations,

Be able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems,

Be able to evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems,

Be responsible, competent, confident, respectful and creative users of information and communication technology.