Computing Curriculum Intent Statement
At Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School we believe that high quality computing education provides the foundations for understanding the world around us. Through our computing curriculum at Dilton Marsh we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our children to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate but, throughout computer science lessons, we want them to develop creativity, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community the wider community and as responsible digital citizens.
Our school vision is Together, we strive to provide a safe, nurturing and challenging environment within our Christian ethos of kindness and respect.
We share a passion for life-long learning and strive for the best for ourselves, others and the World.
Children are encouraged to become independent, curious and resilient learners with the ability to learn from their mistakes and accept challenges.
“For Nothing is Impossible with God.”
Luke 1 : 37
Through our school vision, we strive to have children who ‘have a passion for life-long learning’ and ‘curiosity’ to question the world around them. We want our children to challenge their thinking and know that possibilities are endless.
Computing in our school is about developing children’s ideas and ways of working that enable them to make sense of the world in which they live through computing and online safety lessons. The staff at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School ensure that all children are exposed to high quality teaching and learning experiences, which allow children to develop their technological creativity.
We aim to immerse our children in new computational vocabulary to aid their knowledge and understanding. We intend to provide all children with a broad, balanced and stimulating computing curriculum.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school.
Planning for computing is a process in which all teachers are involved to ensure that the school gives full coverage of, ‘The National Curriculum programme of study for Computing 2014’ and, ‘Understanding of the World: Technology’ in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Computing teaching at Dilton Marsh C of E Primary School involves adapting and extending the curriculum to match all pupils’ needs. Therefore, the curriculum is tailored and individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place and so it can meet the needs of all our pupils. We aim to stretch and challenge the most able and develop the independence and confidence for the less able learners to all meet their full potential and beyond.
Computing is taught in discrete weekly skills sessions to ensure coverage and depth to a specific area. Each year group accesses an area of computing each term. We ensure progression between our year groups by focussing on what has been previously taught and focussing on what the children are working towards through a carefully planned progressive curriculum. Online Safety lessons are planned as a separate strand and are interwoven throughout the year. Each term focuses on a different Online Safety concept (See online safety policy, curriculum intent). Where possible, teachers plan to suit their children’s interests, current events and teaching style and we endeavour to continuously develop our resources to provide the best quality.
The impact and measure of this is to ensure children not only acquire the appropriate age-related knowledge linked to the computing curriculum, but also skills which equip them to progress from their starting points, and within their everyday lives. This curriculum is reviewed every two years to keep up with advances in technology and will hopefully shift with the development of the children’s skills. The computing ‘I can’ statements are assessed against and reviewed every two terms.
All children will have:
- A wider variety of skills to make them digitally literate,
- A richer vocabulary which will enable to articulate their understanding of taught concepts,
- High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.
- A curiosity for the world around them which will enable them to be inquisitive and question new concepts which come their way.
- Respect for themselves and their peers in an ever-growing technological world.
At Dilton Marsh, we strive to give children the technical knowledge and skills to thrive in the ever changing technological world. Our modern curriculum includes computer programming and the use of up-to-date technologies such as iPads. We provide every opportunity for learners to communicate and collaborate through online technologies.
Recently, we have updated our computers to new laptop trolleys so that every child in the class has access to a computer. These new laptops are able to work in ‘laptop mode’ or ‘tablet mode’ and children have access to a range of different programmes. Children also learn how to best use the internet for learning, at the same time as keeping themselves safe. Our aim is to create digitally literate citizens as well as highly skilled users of technology.
All curriculum areas benefit from the provision of our iPads. Apps are carefully selected and downloaded to best help children move forward in different subject areas. Children can learn from educational applications or can even record their own explanations for other children to learn from.