Computing is taught in discreet lessons, which address the computing skills at the age-appropriate level. Children use IT skills on laptops, PCs and iPads throughout the curriculum where they are taught to apply their skills to reinforce what they have learned on an ongoing basis.
At the start of each term, children learn about internet safety as part of their computing lessons. Reminders and prompts are situated around school reminding them of ways to stay safe on the internet including posters made by the children themselves. See the Safer Internet Policy and E-safety Policy below for more details.
SEND: For children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, we ensure that all teaching and learning is inclusive and that children are supported wherever necessary with resources, teaching assistant or teacher support and additional input if required. We are also aware that some children excel in this subject but may find the reading, recording and “English” skills more difficult so we provide support accordingly to ensure that all children achieve their potential.
When teachers plan they use the following documents attached below (See Computer Progression Document) to ensure there is a progression of knowledge and skills across the school. They also use the Knowledge progression detailing specific endpoints for each term and each phase:
Please see in the Theme section for a summary of the computing skills taught with the current theme.
When teaching computing, links are regularly and consistently made to our school Planet Inspiration characters. (Planet Inspiration and Growth Mindset)
Each child has their own computer folder which follows them through school, allowing them to save and retrieve their work. This also allows teachers to monitor and assess pupils’ progress and attainment. Key Stage 2 children are taught to create and organise their own folders.
We assess against the end points at the end of each term and using continual assessment to inform next steps in teaching.