- Through Computing, pupils are more able to actively participate in a rapidly changing technological world.
- Computing teaches pupils how to keep safe online, and where to go for help and support.
- Critical thinking and analytical skills are developed through Computing.
Why is Computing important?
Through computing, we not only learn to use technology purposefully and effectively, but become aware of the underlying processes involved, helping us to understand how best to apply skills safely and ethically. Learning about control systems and robots increases awareness of many of the operating systems we use to manage our everyday lives. The internet helps us to rapidly access ideas and experiences from a wide range of individuals, communities, countries and cultures. In computing, we develop essential skills for life in a digital age, learning to apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
When is Computing taught?
Computing is taught primarily linked to thematic units. The attached overview maps out which thematic units feature this subject and the Long-Term Plan clearly shows the objectives taught.
How is Computing taught?
Computing is taught through a combination of subject knowledge and development of specific skills and competencies. Learning takes place mainly inside the classroom.
What do we learn about in Computing?
Assessment is an ongoing process in the classroom as teachers observe pupils’ oral and written responses. Opportunities for assessment exist in medium term plans and are built into all activities. When a new unit is introduced, the title and supporting materials are displayed to a class. Pupils use their existing knowledge to summarise what they already know about the topic and consider what will be taught. At the end of a unit pupils are encouraged to reflect on their learning against unit knowledge ladders. As a class, a theme review sheet will be completed.
The learning objectives and outcomes within each lesson offer teachers opportunities for checking progress. Consistency of judgment is ensured by using skills ladders and advice by the curriculum coordinators.
We use Kahoot quizzes to assess the retention of core knowledge within each theme. Each and every cross-curricular theme we teach has accompanying subject-specific Kahoot quizzes to assess core knowledge. Children love them as they fun, interactive and competitive! We are able to repeat quizzes throughout the year, giving opportunity for children to recall and revise knowledge from previous themes and even previous year groups. Kahoot provides teachers with detailed reports broken down by child and by question, so that planning can be adapted and opportunities provided to address gaps in knowledge. The Kahoot quiz links are shared on the class website pages and emailed home to parents, providing further opportunity for practice.
We use a system called 'TrackZone' for teachers to make summative assessments against objectives taught within each theme. This provides the curriculum leads with useful information at class and whole-school level, allowing them to monitor patterns and trends and to provide support & challenge.
Parents are informed of curriculum coverage via the school website and the progress achieved by their child in the end of year report.