Computing Learning Journey
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES
- To teach children the key computing skills needed for modern life.
- To teach children how to use electronic devices and the internet safely.
- To introduce and inspire children to use computing skills for a variety of practical and creative purposes, including programming skills.
At Westgate Primary School, we are passionate about Computing and want our pupils to be ready to enter a modern age of rapidly changing technology. Our approach ensures children embrace and understand technology so they have the foundations to be digitally literate, whilst not being completely reliant on technology and also understanding the potential dangers of technology. It is our aim that children will be responsible online citizens who understand the responsibilities of their online behaviour and the digital footprint they leave behind.
The Computing curriculum at Westgate follows the National Curriculum 2014. It is taught through using resources from Warwickshire PurpleMash, which is organised into three key strands: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology (See Computing Long Term Planning for further details). There are both specific Computing lessons and cross-curricular topics (See Computing Curriculum Map Overview) allowing children to learn specific skills along with supporting learning in the core and broad curriculum. This enables pupils to become immersed in their learning and make links across subjects, transferring their skills and knowledge.
EYFS and Key Stage 1
- From Reception, children are given supervised access to iPads/Chromebooks and use specific apps to engage with their learning, such as phonics and Maths games.
- Children are taught about e-Safety and what devices use the internet.
- From Year 1, children are taught once per week using a combination of Chromebooks and beebots.
- Children are taught how to search for information, create documents, understand algorithms, create presentations and program simple devices.
Key Stage 2
- In Years 3 to 6, children are taught for three half terms per academic year, once per week, using a combination Chromebooks, iPads and physical resources.
- Children are taught about e-Safety, what devices use the internet and how to behave as responsible digital citizens.
- Children are taught to create sites, process word documents, create slideshows, input formulae on spread sheets, code and debug programs/games, build and code physical movements with LEGO, understand algorithms, search for information online and use applications to support their broader curriculum learning.
Resources (including visits)
- Chromebooks – including Word/Docs, PowerPoin/Slidest, Kodu, Google Sites and Excel/Sheets
- iPads – including research, Accelerated Reader and TT Rockstars.
- LEGO WeDo
- We also use STEM funding to organise specialist workshops in school.
Inclusion and Equal Opportunities
All learners will be given equal opportunities to access Computing. They will be supported or challenged through differentiation. As appropriate, planning will reflect the varying needs of all the children in the class. Where possible, the diverse society in which we live will be reflected in the teaching and learning of this subject.
Assessing, Recording and Monitoring
End of topic assessments are carried out by the class teacher and shared with the subject coordinator. The teacher uses a range of evidence to make their judgements, which may include pupils’ work, contributions in lessons, quizzes and projects. Subject leaders carry out a range of monitoring activities as detailed in the Teaching and Learning Policy.
- Children are given specific lessons about staying safe online and engage with “online safety week”. See the Online Safety Policy.
- All our internet-enabled devices have firewalls and security blockers to ensure that children’s information is protected and that children are unable to see or access inappropriate material.
- If a child types in any inappropriate language on a laptop, the local authority’s moderators immediately message the school so this can be addressed. This is not limited to internet searches and the school is informed even if anyone writes something inappropriate on Microsoft Word.
Date ratified by Performance and Standards Committee: October 2022
Next review date: October 2025 (every 3 years)
Online Safety Policy
Learning and Teaching (for roles and responsibilities of teachers and subject leaders)