Computing

Our Computing coordinator is Miss Haigh.

Intent

At Towngate Primary Academy, we recognise that children are living within an increasingly technological world and aim to provide them with the vital skills and knowledge to be confident in this area. We ensure that children are exposed to a progressive computing curriculum in which they can demonstrate an understanding of the skills, knowledge and vocabulary relevant to their age that additionally allows them to revisit the skills and knowledge they have learned through their prior years. This is achieved using the carefully developed ‘Progression Grid’ that allows staff to identify what has been taught prior/next in order to maximise pupil progress. We use the ‘Rising Stars: Switched On Computing’ scheme from Year 1 to Year 6 to meet the aims of the National Curriculum.

Teachers at Towngate use this as a progressive planning tool which ensures that online safety is taught as a prerequisite and then woven in line with the Computing curriculum, in order to have optimum impact.

Implementation

Every class has a timetabled opportunity to use the laptop computers and can book out the iPads. Computing is a cross-curricular subject with children having the opportunity to apply their computing skills across other subjects. We encourage staff to incorporate technology throughout the wider curriculum and use these skills to research and present writing in a variety of ways. Each class has access to SMART boards and teaching is delivered across the curriculum using this technology.

Within lessons, teachers use high quality models and question to sequence learning in small steps, this allows children to build their knowledge, skills and use key vocabulary to become confident and assured when using computer programmes and devices. In The Early Years, computing encourages creativity, activeness, exploration, playfulness and promotes critical thinking. Children have the opportunities to access technology in the provision.  The children are provided with a range of opportunities to use the Smart interactive whiteboards, laptops and iPads.  The children also have access to  CD players, technological coding toys, digital cameras and recording equipment as well as a range of other technical equipment.

Key Stage 1, children develop their computing skills through using a range of technology such as Bee Bots, Computers and iPads. To encourage children to recognise the value of using technology we teach skills through termly topic links. Children develop their skills to navigate around a computer and use a range of Microsoft programmes to copy and paste images and insert text boxes. The use of the internet to search images is incorporated alongside internet safety to reinforce the importance.

In Key Stage 2, children build upon previous skills and apply these to a variety of different technology and userfaces. The use of the green screen and various apps provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in a variety of contexts.

Impact

At Towngate, we encourage our children to enjoy the curriculum we deliver. We aim to support learners to appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education in computing.

The impact of our curriculum allows for children to gain a greater knowledge of the skills needed throughout the computing curriculum and have access to vocabulary within this subject, showing a confident and articulate understanding of the subject matter. Pupil voice demonstrates pupils’ understanding of the subject and raises pupils’ aspirations of future studies within computing after primary school.

As a result of our teaching and curriculum at Towngate, children have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. The children at Towngate have opportunities to showcase their computing skills in wider school: the children are encouraged to join our Computing Club where they learn new skills, develop their competency of previous skills and explore coding at a deeper level.

Children also understand the vital role computing plays within society and how it is used for everyday life. Importantly, children will understand and value the importance of online safety, by keeping safe whilst accessing devices.