Computing To Change The World
At Holt Farm Junior School we aim to provide students the opportunities to access all aspects of computing across the broader curriculum and in focused computing lessons. We aim to equip pupils with the knowledge to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. By the end of year 6 our pupils will have:
· analysed problems in computational terms
· practical experience of writing computer programme
· evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems
· become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
· the ability to use technology safely and respectfully
We hope that one day our pupils will use the knowledge they have gained in computing to change the world.
All pupils have an hours dedicated Computing lesson a week in addition to time in the classrooms where class teachers focus mostly but not solely on digital literacy. This enables all children to have access to the three aspects of computing: Digital Literacy, information technology and computer science in line with the National Curriculum.
The computing curriculum is delivered through our own scheme of work. Every lesson in our scheme has been individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at school and so that it can meet the needs of all pupils. Our scheme has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum attainment targets in order to ensure progression and coverage.
Computing skills are taught both discretely and through a cross-curricular approach, supporting other areas of learning across the school. Pupils are provided with access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge. Children will have access to the hardware (computers, Chromebooks, cameras, 3D goggles) and software that they need to develop their knowledge and skills. Teaching and learning will facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science.
Children will have the opportunity to explore key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism, social media and the importance of online safety which is shown through displays throughout the school, including the computer suite. Parents are informed, not only when issues relating to online safety arise, but through regular communication via the school newsletter and social media. As well as opportunities within the scheme of work, children will also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety during classroom teaching, specialised days such as SID, as well as during their computing lessons.
Pupils in each year group have the opportunity to:
· design, write and debug programs
· control simulated physical systems
· solve problems
· use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs
· work with variables and various forms of input and output
· decipher how some algorithms work and to detect and debug errors in both algorithms and programs
· investigate and understand computer networks- including the internet, the World Wide Web and how search results are selected and ranked.
Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and at school.
Within computing lessons, teachers and teaching assistants target support and adapt lessons for all learners to enable them to achieve at an age-related level wherever possible. This may involve a greater level of scaffolding and access to additional support materials such as help sheets, Parson’s Problems, unplugged activities for a greater level of modelling. Pupils who are working at greater depth are also targeted and given opportunities to extend their knowledge in all areas of computing with further challenges.
Feedback is given, when possible, within the lesson to support and extend learners. All feedback is given in line with our marking and feedback policy where successes are highlighted and next steps provided for children to action.
Assessment: The computing lead teacher will use their professional judgement to determine whether a child is working within age-related expectations, above or below at the end of each half-term. Judgements will be made on the quality of the finished work that pupils produce, as well as using termly independent assessment tasks. This determines to what extent pupils have met the agreed success criteria in order to support the judgements made and to inform future planning and guide where support may be required.
Computing has a high profile at our school, not only as a stand-alone subject but embedded through class teaching throughout the curriculum. Our children are confident using a wide range of hardware and software and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another. Our 'Digital Leaders' are prominent and proficient. These children are responsible for supporting staff and children in delivering excellent Computing sessions, testing new software and producing online safety resources. Walking into computing lessons at Holt Farm Junior School, you will see:
proficient users of technology who are able to work both independently and collaboratively
computing hardware and software being utilised to enhance the learning outcomes of our children across the curriculum
clear progression in technical skills
a learning buzz as children engage in programming, instruct onscreen turtles, design their own games using Scratch, write their first web page using HTML code, sending a message coded in Python to the astronauts at the ISS and using a variety of apps produce wonderful digital art
confident and supportive Digital Leaders who are able to assist children and staff in delivering high quality Computing sessions and feel a sense of pride and responsibility looking after the hardware.
Pupils will know how they have been successful and how they can improve their projects further through quality feedback and self/peer-assessment opportunities. Pupils of all abilities will be challenged so that they can achieve in all aspects of the computing curriculum because work will be appropriately adapted and supported. Pupils will confidently apply the knowledge and skills that they have to use technology both at school and in their everyday lives elsewhere.
When children leave our school, they are competent and safe users of ICT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply their skills in Computing to different challenges going forward, in secondary school, further education and future workplaces.