St James C of E Primary School

St James C of E Primary School

TEACH - NURTURE - CELEBRATE

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Vicarage Road, Hereford, Herefordshire HR1 2QN

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Computing

Computing

TEACH              NURTURE           CELEBRATE

Our Curriculum aims and design have been developed in line with the needs of St James CE Primary School community, promoting the Christian Values we hold dear. Our curriculum is ambitious and well-planned to ensure all pupils gain ample knowledge and skills to succeed in their next stage of education and life after primary school.

The aims are also based heavily on our school vision of Teach, Nurture and Celebrate in order that children should experience ‘Life in all its fullness’ (John 10:10). All stakeholders were involved in creating the vision and aims, including: pupils, parents, PTFA, and staff members at all levels.

SMSC is embedded throughout our curriculum design. The aspect of Spirituality is a particular focus for us.

 

The St James Curriculum was chosen and adapted to develop the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to meet Key Stage requirements and allow for smooth transition to the next phase of education. We re-designed our curriculum to enable children to experience a more enquiry-based approach. This allows children to develop key skills and seek vital knowledge through exploring big questions and concepts.

 

Aims:

  • Within our curriculum, we aim to inspire all pupils through engaging learning experiences
  • We aim to nurture passionate, healthy and successful learners by providing a broad, balanced and enquiry-based curriculum
  • Instil children with the values, knowledge and skills to enable them to achieve beyond expectations and experience success
  • Provide a progressive curriculum where skills and knowledge are developed through quality ongoing assessment.

 

Intent

Our curriculum offers a structured sequence of lessons, ensuring that all skills are covered to meet the requirements of the Computing National Curriculum. Our curriculum allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. The curriculum progression is clearly identified on skills progression maps and each lesson has been carefully planned to match these. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. E-safety is embedded within our computing curriculum enabling our children to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology.

All lessons are differentiated which helps to ensure that learning is as tailored and inclusive as possible. Each unit of work will have an overarching question which children will explore. Each lesson will support the children in working towards being able to answer the unit question.

At the end of a year pupils should be secure in nearly all units.

 

Implementation

Through the sequence of our computing lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning. Our computing curriculum helps children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges. In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes. Children also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Data Handling is featured more heavily in upper KS2. Skills learnt through KS1 and lower KS2 are used to support data presentation. Our sequenced lesson plans and skills progression documents enable staff to feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met.

Where pupils are struggling with computing skills or concepts, lessons are differentiated to ensure maximum progress is made.

 

Impact

Each computing unit is mapped against the progression documents to ensure that learners develop detailed knowledge and skills across the full breadth of the Computing curriculum through engaging and age-appropriate activities. After each unit of work, pupils will be assessed using the end of Key Stage expectations set out in the 2014 National Curriculum and success criteria set out in each unit of work.

Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.

At end of a unit teachers will be able to judge whether a child is secure in that half terms unit.  This is then reported on and used for differentiation.

Computing documents

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 Computing Policy 2022.docxDownload
 Computing Triple I and progression of skills.docxDownload
 PRIMARY_national_curriculum_-_Computing.pdfDownload
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