Computing at Dalestorth
At Dalestorth Primary School, we understand the immense value that technology plays in supporting both the computing and the whole school curriculum. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for computing whilst ensuring that our children are respectful and responsible digital citizens.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.” National Curriculum “A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.” National Curriculum
The aims of our computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
- Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
- Are equipped with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
- Have a ‘can do’ attitude when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
- Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
- Understand and follow online safety rules
- Know who to contact if they have concerns.
- Apply their learning in a range of contexts, e.g. at school and at home.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Our computing progression model is broken down into three strands that make up the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Computer science underlines the knowledge and skills relating to programming, coding, algorithms and computational thinking, Information technology underlines the knowledge and skills relating to communication, multimedia and data representation and handling. Digital literacy underlines the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and technology.
We use and follow the Purple Mash scheme of work from Year 1-6 which ensures consistency and progression throughout the school. In the summer term, all years have a dedicated online safety unit. Teachers use Be internet Legends scheme of work for planning inspiration. Additional to all pupils studying an online safety unit through their computing lessons, every year we also take part in National Safer Internet Day in February. The Computing co-ordinator alongside class teachers will plan additional internet safety lessons and activities to take part in following a specific yearly theme. Internet Safety assemblies are also held as well as parent internet safety workshops and parent home activities. Each class has a digital leader; they are responsible for promoting online safety at school. They run termly competitions and promote the safe use of technology within school. Children have to apply to become a digital leader.
We recognise that computing is a specialist subject and not all teachers are computing specialists. Computing lessons are taught by our teaching staff with additional support from our member of staff in charge of IT Support. The Purple Mash scheme of work enables clear coverage of the computing curriculum whilst also providing support and CPD for less confident teachers to deliver lessons.
Lessons are broken down into weekly units, usually with two units taught per half-term. Units are practical and engaging and allow computing lessons to be hands on. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, Internet and Email, Databases, Communication networks, touch typing, animation and online safety.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions and interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
- Monitoring with our subject computing lead visits.
- Opportunities for dialogue between teachers.
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Monitoring of children’s work.
To see our topic overviews, including the Computing topics we will be doing, follow the link: https://www.dalestorth.notts.sch.uk/our-dalestorth-curriculum/