Computing

Intent:

We live in such a creative and digital world and we feel that at Woodcroft Primary School our children’s safety and knowledge need to be at the forefront of their computing learning.  We believe that all children need to become digital citizens to ensure that they can competently and safely use all digital devices throughout the curriculum.  Whether it is creating word documents in English or practising times tables in maths, computing is at the core of our learning.  Using algorithms and coding will allow the children to build on their creativity and expression within this subject.  Each year group has a curriculum that will build on the previous year’s knowledge, enabling the children to become more proficient in computing as they progress through their school journey. With links with other schools around the country and even across the world, we have opportunities to use computing and digital understanding to communicate with other children and share in these unique experiences.

Implementation:

All staff will plan a cycle of lessons which carefully plans for progression and depth. Throughout the year the computing document will outline and show how the children’s skills are built upon. The implementation of computing will progressively develop allowing the skills and knowledge of the children to grow.  Teachers and support staff will use all opportunities to embed children’s knowledge of computing whenever or wherever technology is used.

Support will be offered to members of staff to help develop their own understanding and, working with the partner school, will allow an exchange of good practises further developing our own knowledge and abilities to help the children to progress.

Digital citizenship

At Woodcroft Primary School we take digital citizenship extremely seriously and each class is taught to understand how to stay safe when using technology. Digital citizenship will teach the children from early years through to year 6, the key skills they need to use technology effectively and safely across the curriculum. Through play all the way to implementing algorithms the children will, through their school journey, become more proficient in key everyday computing skills. This programme is delivered at the beginning of the school year so that we as a school can ensure right from the offset the children are able to use the technology safely.

Impact:

As our children progress through their school journey, they will be exposed to an engaging computing curriculum that will allow them to become more independent and proficient digital citizens.  Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. We will measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

  • A reflection on the standards achieved against the intended outcomes;
  • Children can question and reflect on their learning to help them understand and build on their knowledge in this ever-changing digital world;
  • Children will present their work using all the different forms of technology with confidence and pride;
  • Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
  • Children can evaluate and apply information technology, including new and unfamiliar technologies, analytically, to solve problems;
  • Children will become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology;
  • Pupil discussions about their learning.

Computing overviews