Computing

A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The 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. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.

Department for Education

Computing Statement

Intent

At St Oswald’s we intend to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils whilst meeting the requirements of the National Curriculum Programmes of Study for ICT and Computing. We will use ICT and Computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum and respond to new developments in technology. We want to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and Computing throughout their later life and enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and Computing. It is vital that we all develop the understanding of how to use ICT and Computing safely and responsibly.

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. 

Everyday we work with ICT so it is important we 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

On-going formative assessment is an integral part of the teaching and learning of computing. Its main purpose is to enable the teacher to match work to the abilities and needs of the children and ensure progression in learning. We strive to ensure that our children's attainment is in line or exceeds their potential when we consider the varied starting points of all our children. We measure this using a range of materials, whilst always acconsidering the age-related expectations for each year group. Children will make at least good progress in computing from their last point of statutory assessment of from their starting point in Nursery. We intend the impact of our computing curriculum will ensure our pupils are prepared with the skills, knowledge, confidence and capability for life beyond primary school.

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