We want to ensure that our pupils are equipped with the skills to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and engage with the world around them. We want them to be critical thinkers and empower them to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology. We want our children understand the digital world in which they live and be active participants of this.
The delivery of our computing curriculum will provide opportunities for pupils to be taught the principals of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children across the school will have a computing lesson weekly in the ICT suite in addition to using ICT to support learning across the curriculum. Lessons have a clear learning outcome, explicit teaching of knowledge and skills and opportunities to develop and apply learning in a range of contexts. We will ensure children have the opportunity to use a range of different software and digital media. Our curriculum will also pay due regard to the changing online safety needs of all pupils. Our computing curriculum has deep links with mathematics, science, PSHCE and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and articificial systems. Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each and every lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching. Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities and adult support which enables a level of challenge that is stimulating for children and develops their questioning skills. We use summative assessment to assess foundation subjects and identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed or passed onto the following teachers. This is used to show clear coverage and progression.
Our pupils will be resilient and skilled to meet the needs of our ever changing digital world and the demands of this. Building on their knowledge and understanding pupils will be equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. They shall be active participants of this and be equipped to use computational thinking and creativity.