“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.” National Curriculum 2014
At Addmore Federation we believe that ensuring a high-quality computing education will inspire pupils to develop their curiosity and fascination about the world around them. Our aim is to teach the skills and knowledge necessary to develop children as confident IT users and programmers.
Through the framework of the National Curriculum 2014, computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Our aims in teaching computing are:
- to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for computing for all pupils;
- to develop the understanding of how to use computing safely and responsibly;
- to meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for computing;
- to use computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum;
- to respond to new developments in technology;
- to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use computing throughout their later life;
- to enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using computing;
- to use their computing skills to develop their language and communication skills;
- to be confident digital citizens who have the knowledge, skills, and understanding to use technology safely, creatively and effectively.
Computing is a foundation subject, taught in blocks through themes linked to the national curriculum computing programme of study, usually for half a term at a time. In our Early Years settings computing is taught as part of the Foundation Stage curriculum: Understanding the World. This is one of the seven areas of learning in the Foundation Stage.
We use the online platform ‘Purple Mash’ to deliver the key elements of our computing curriculum. This platform provides a safe online environment to learn about all aspects of the computing curriculum including emailing, blogging and other communication aspects of computing as well as coding and creating games. Purple Mash is an award-winning product providing curriculum content for all elements of the computing curriculum. Pupils have personal logins for this platform enabling them to work on their computing skills at home as well as at school.
Our IT system is system managed by the Local Authority, providing a safe and secure environment with up to date firewalls and anti-virus protection. As part of our computing curriculum children are taught about online safety and how to manage their profile and their work online.
We integrate our Curriculum Drivers into all of our units of work. Computing supports the delivery of our Curriculum Drivers:
- Exploring Opportunities – We enhance learning by taking part in educational visits as well as welcoming visitors to our school for talks and demonstrations.
- Outdoor Education - We take every opportunity to plan lessons that take part outdoors. This could be in our school grounds or the local community. Our iPads can be used outdoors to take photos, write field notes and sketch.
- Christian Values - Our Christian Values underpin all that we do in our school and exemplify the qualities we hope to instil in our pupils before they leave us. Computing enables us to reinforce our Christian Values e.g. Perseverance – resilience and persistence when faced with new challenges. Courage – challenging the status quo; developing views.
- Learning for Life – We want our children develop a love of learning, so that they continue to be curious and learn throughout their lives.
- Our Place in the World – We want our pupils to be considerate, kind and thoughtful citizens and to value all life and our planet. Computing plays a big part in this driver as we support pupils to develop a good understanding of their local community, the wider world and their place in it by using the internet to connect to others in local and global communities.
How the national curriculum for computing fits into the delivery of our school curriculum is detailed on the downloadable documents listed at the bottom of this page.