COMPUTING

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Computing At South Failsworth Primary School

INTENT

 At South Failsworth, ICT is one of our key skills and we value the importance of children becoming responsible digital citizens who can use technology effectively and appropriately across a range of subject areas. Our aim is for children to use technology confidently and be able to apply their skills effectively.

 

  • Children are able to confidently create and debug algorithms using a variety of skills.
  • Children know how to behave as responsible citizens online.
  • Children are able to use appropriate digital tools, software and apps in other subject areas in order to achieve goals.
  • Children will have a sound knowledge of appropriate computing terminology.

 

IMPLEMENTATION

  • Clear progression in the teaching of programming, moving from physical programming (e.g. using beebots) through block based coding (e.g. Discovery Coding) onto an introduction to text based coding in upper Key Stage 2.
  • Regular online safety teaching (at least half-termly) as well as annual online safety assembly in both key stages.
  • Long term plan detailing skills and knowledge to be taught in each year group.
  • In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. This aspect will mainly be delivered as part of children’s work under the World Themes of our curriculum : Where In The World; World Events; World Heroes; Children’s Choice; The Wild World and The Natural World. They will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.
  • In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
  • Even our children in Early Years provision will be exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world.
  • As ICT is one of our key skills, opportunities will be identified, where appropriate, to use ICT in other curriculum areas.

IMPACT

  • After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at South Failsworth will be digitally literate. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. They will be inspired to be lifelong effective users of technology as part of our school mission to ‘Create And Inspire Lifelong Learners’. They will understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
  • As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.