Computing

Computing in the National Curriculum expectations split the teaching and learning of Computing into three strands (Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology). It is therefore important that children recognise the difference between what makes each one relevant to their future, as well as their everyday lives. High quality teaching of Computing, from Reception through to Year 6, utilises a combination of practical lessons and theory lessons designed to promote discussion and nurture understanding, which are also relevant to other areas of the curriculum such as PSHE and Citizenship.

“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”   National Curriculum 2014.

Computing Statement

Intent

At St. Oswald’s, we see Computing as a window to learning vital skills and enhance cross curricular opportunities across the school. By utilizing the advantages of remote learning combined with study at school, children will gain confidence and develop creative thinking strategies to solve problems.  

Computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving, so much so that children are being prepared to work with technology that doesn’t even exist yet. For this reason, we feel that it is important that children are able to participate in the creation of these new tools to fully grasp the relevance of and the possibilities of emerging technologies thus preparing them for the future.

In Foundation Stage, strands will be taught in line with the Early Learning Goals.  

Implementation 

We are fortunate enough to have a computer suite equipt with both desktop PCs and MACs. We also have access to a whole class set of iPads and additional iPads for support groups. 

Under normal circumstances, we would work everyday with ICT so it is important that children are equipped with the right skills. Each class is timetabled a slot to use the computer suite and also use the class set of iPads. 

Each year group utilises a variety of applications and programs to cover the requirements of the National Curriculum. Teachers plan detailed lesson following the whole school curriculum overview. These plans cover the strands of: Online safety, Programming, Handling Data, Multimedia and Technology in our lives. 

Please see the link below to access the National Curriculum requirements for Computing. 

National Curriculum Link

Impact

Through the thorough planning and monitoring of pupil progress all pupils will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. Children will be able to show this in their work and in discussion.

Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.

Computing Assessment at St Oswald's. 

St Oswald’s follows the Purple Mash Scheme of Learning, which focuses on developing a firm foundation in Computing basics that can be built upon year by year. By the end of Year 6, children will have a purposeful skill set that will prepare them for the new creative challenges of KS3. 

For each unit, a new program is introduced or built upon from previous learning. In relation to the three strands, these are as follows:

Computer Science

To enable children to become confident coders on a range of devices.

To create opportunities for collaborative and independent learning.

To develop children’s understanding of technology and how it is constantly evolving.

Digital Literacy

To enable a safe computing environment through appropriate computing behaviours.

To allow children to explore a range of digital devices.

To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.

Information Technology

To develop ICT as a cross-curricular tool for learning and progression.

To promote learning through the development of thinking skills.

To enable children to understand and appreciate their place in the modern world.

On-going formative assessment is an integral part of good practice. Its main purpose is to enable the teacher to match work to the abilities and needs of the children and ensure progression in learning. Computing skills capability is monitored regularly in relation to the Computing curriculum as outlined in the ‘The National Curriculum’ for England. Teachers should assess module requirements with reference to children’s knowledge, understanding and skills. Other opportunities for assessment will arise from cross-curricular work. Samples of work should be kept for groups of children stored in classrooms or on the school network within relevant class folders.

Computing in Nursery follows examples from Maths City linked Purple Mash. Reception have units linked to the Early Learning Goals which provide opportunities to develop key skills. For the Foundation Stage, it may not always be practical to keep samples of work, but observations and discussions are be recorded. During the current Corona climate, parents have submitted evidence of child progress via Tapestry.

Tapestry builds a record of a child’s experiences, development and learning journey. Using photos, videos and diary entries, a teacher or early years practitioner, along with the child’s parents, ‘weaves’ the story of the child and how they are growing and developing. All information held in the platform is stored securely, and can be downloaded and shared as required. Parents are able to view online their child’s progress and also uploading their own comments and media.

Resources

Purple Mash - This programme contains lots of fun, educational activities for all ages. Children have log in details to Purple Mash which includes a range of programs such as 2Code, Logo, 2Blog and 2Connect. These online resources are used to support learning in and out of the classroom and are used to set challenges.

Google Classrooms - Our Remote Learning Platform includes slides for learning each day, activities and tasks that will enable pupils to keep up to date with learning taking place at school. 

Online safety - Thinkuknow

Reporting to CEOP

If you are worried about the way someone has been communicating with you online click the link below to report this. Remember to speak to a trusted adult or if you are uncomfortable with this phone Childline for support. You don't need to worry or suffer in silence. 

https://www.ceop.police.uk/safety-centre/

Curriculum Development Opportunities 

Cross curricula - all subjects make use of computing for research, consolidation and application of key skills. For example, in mathematics children will use IXL to complete homework and play games to consolidate their knowledge. 

Purple Mash - children complete a variety of tasks known as 2DOs for homework tasks. Purple Mash also offers competitions throughout the year for children to participate and apply the skills they have learnt in a particular unit. 

Coding Club - under normal circumstances, children would access programs such as 2code or Scratch under the supervision of a class teacher. This enables them to complete assignments and challenges to apply their skills. 

Intervention and Support

Under normal circumstances there will be support in Early Years - Additional TA support using I-pads. 

Key Stage 1 -  Targeted support using Purple Mash or Wordshark. 

Key Stage 2 - Purple Mash, LBQ & IXL used as interventions and support pre-school, break times and lunchtime.

Precision teaching and Catch - up is also used across Key Stage 1 & 2.

Gallery links:

You may find the following links useful:

Purple Mash 

Barclays Code Playground

 

 

 

 

 

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