Our Computing Curriculum

St Paul’s C.E. Primary School  

Computing Curriculum Statement 2020-21  


INTENT

When planning and teaching computing at St Paul’s, we believe that it is an essential part of the curriculum; a subject that plays an important role throughout the whole curriculum. Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that will actually equip them for the rest of their life. Computers and technology are such a part of everyday life that our children would be at a disadvantage if they are not exposed to a well thought out computing curriculum. We believe that children must be taught in the art form of ‘Computational Thinking’ in order to provide them essential knowledge that will enable them to participate effectively and safely in the digital world beyond our gates.

IMPLEMENTATION

Early years  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.    

Key Stage 1  In Key Stage 1 the children will be taught following the Purplemash computing scheme of work in which they will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs are executed 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 (via Purplemash) to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. 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.  

Key stage 2  In Key Stage 2 the children will continue to be taught using the Purplemash computing scheme of work in which they will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals and 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. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. Software and hardware

Purplemash is our main piece of software as it allows children to access the entire computing curriculum.  Other hardware such as microphones, video cameras, bee bots and LEGO education sets are available to enrich the teaching of computing  Two trolleys of Chromebooks are available for use throughout the day and are timetabled in the afternoons.  Timetable  The two trolleys of Chromebooks are available to be used by any class when requested. In the afternoons they are timetabled to specific classes in order for a computing lesson to take place.

Enrichment  In order to ensure coverage of the computing curriculum we place extra emphasis on coding within enrichment. This lesson is designed to allow children a chance to develop their computational thinking skills further.  Assessment  Taking into consideration the difficulty of recording evidence of individual children’s work within a computing lesson, the use of a class computing skills book allows work to be recorded in a more manageable way. Teachers are expected to record children’s work accompanied by teacher or pupil annotations, pictures, explanations etc. Teachers should then use their computing assessment grids to record individuals attainment in each unit covered.  

IMPACT  

After the implementation of this computing curriculum, children at St Paul’s will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform.  They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The biggest impact we want on our children is that they 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.  

Address

St Paul's C.E. Primary School

Nevile Road, Salford, M7 3PT

Tel: 0161 921 2065

Executive Headteacher: Mrs J Tyers

Contact: Mrs T Kehoe or Mrs D Johnstone