‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’
Computing Programme of Study, DfE, 2013
At Holy Family, all of our children have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that cover all areas of computing. Technology plays such an integral role in our lives today and ‘computational thinking’ is a skill that all children should be taught if they are to participate effectively and safely in this technological rich environment.
Computing stands alone but also has deep links with maths, science and design and technology, as well as being used to aid and develop children’s English skills. All children should have an opportunity to be introduced to a wide variety of technological systems such as laptops, IPads, computers, interactive whiteboards and other technological resources, which allows them to continually develop their computing skills. This will ensure that all children at Holy Family have the opportunity to become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas at a level suitable for the future workplace.
We intend on teaching a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:
- Understand and apply logic, algorithms and data representation
- Analyse problems and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve these.
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
- Utilise appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
- Know danger signs when using the digital world and how to deal with these signs in a safe and secure way.
We are currently using the rising stars scheme of work in computing and E-safety. This offers teachers an overview of each year group and the expectations that we aim to meet for each child within our school. This scheme flows throughout the school so that new skills that are taught are built upon and offer a good level of progression as the children move on throughout school.
We have detailed plans for weekly lessons as well as opportunities to assess the children using our assessment frameworks. This allows us to teach with progression and depth of understanding in mind. We also have access to yearly overviews for each year group so that we can see the previous learning done as well as what the children are aiming for in the future.
We have audits that take place to check laptops, chargers, Ipads and other technological equipment in school to make sure that we are up to date and things are working correctly. We have recently bought more laptops and upgraded our computing systems, which allows for better lessons and so that each child has the opportunity to have their own laptop during lessons.
We have computing/E-Safety visits from experts that enhance learning for all children as well as the adults in school. Because of Covid, we have been unable to have visitors into school but with restrictions being lifted slowly, we will be looking at getting support in once again.
A computing questionnaire has been sent out to children in school to find out about what technological access children have at home and within school. Questionnaire to be sent to teachers and adults in school about what we need to do to improve computing within the classroom and whether more training is needed in the delivery of a computing/E-safety lesson.
Unfortunately, due to Lockdown in 2020 and 2021. We had to change the way computing was taught. We focused on preparing the children by introducing google classrooms and zoom. We taught the children how to access this and how to use this effectively so that when they had to work from home, they were able to do so. To make up for this, it may mean that classes (especially key stage 2) move back to the previous year groups learning to check that children have the skills necessary to move on into their current year groups learning.
Impact – Outcomes
We usually invite Tim Pinto in to deliver E-safety lessons across the school, to parents and to adults within school. Because of Covid, we have been unable to do so but will be looking at getting Tim back into school once it is safe to do so. Our school website also has an E-safety page that has numerous websites that people may visit if they have concerns about online safety or any other technology issues.
We have an E-safety app which everyone associated with the school can access. This allows for alerts and updates to be sent out about new technology as well as refreshing and reinforcing online safety for all those who use it.
The Risingstars scheme of work is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate and show progression throughout the school. We would be able to monitor the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Children being able to understand, apply and discuss fundamental principles and concepts of computing, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Children will be able to analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practice within this.
- Children will be able to evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Children are responsible, competent, confident users of current technology.
- Children are able to keep themselves safe and secure when using the internet and understand how and when to seek help if they need it.
Overviews for each year group in Computing: