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Computing KS1

 

Warren Mead Infant and Junior Partnership 2020-21

Curriculum Intent

 

Subject: Computing

Subject Leaders: Sue Wiseman (Infant) Jemma Cooper (Junior)

 

Curriculum Intent (what is the purpose of this subject)

At Warren Mead, we want to provide a high-quality, comprehensive computing education that enables children from Early Years to Year 6 to gain key knowledge and develop their skills across the three main areas of the Computing Curriculum through a range of software: Computer Science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), Information Technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and Digital Literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond since we are in a continually developing technological world, therefore computers are an integral part in today’s world both at home and work. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure our curriculum is accessible to all. 

 

Beginning in EYFS, we aim to understand and follow children’s interests in technology and provide opportunities throughout our EYFS curriculum, both in the indoor and outdoor environment, to support learning, consolidate and deepen knowledge and skills while ensuring children meet their next steps. In addition, we want to prepare children to reach the Early Learning Goals at the end of the Foundation Stage and ensure children make good progress from their starting points while supporting their transition into KS1. 

 

‘Computational thinking’ is an essential skill they need to be taught to fully participate in the digital world enabling our children to become logical and strategic thinkers and problem solvers. With this equipped knowledge, we hope that thinking and creativity can help our children understand and change the world while also providing them with the life skills that enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a responsible and safe way. All children should be taught basic computer skills such as word processing, managing computer files and creating presentations. Through the build-up of these core skills, children can then be exposed to advanced computing skills including coding and programming. We want our children here to become independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We don’t want children to just use computers and software, we want them to be digitally literate as well as be creative, explorative, resilient, inventive and flexible with computers and software.

Curriculum Implementation (how is the subject structured/sequenced)

At WM, each Year group has timetabled access for a whole week each half term. The school has invested in Purple Mash, a computing scheme across KS1 and KS2 (including Mini-Mash for EYFS) ensuring that knowledge and skill progression are monitored effectively. The implementation of this curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge communicated, and skills acquired become increasingly specific and in depth as the children progress through the school, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is continually being built upon. In addition, Purple Mash provides step-by-step lesson plans for teachers to adapt as necessary and use as a starting point where the software offers differentiated content and resources for all KS1 and KS2. Through using this new scheme, the children can create an online profile that is accessible from both home and school in addition to giving children and teachers somewhere to save their work. Because of this, teachers are able to set pupils home-learning and this could allow an opportunity for children to follow their personal interests in more depth while using the skills and knowledge they have acquired from lessons.

 

We have 30 laptops available across WM which will be key to the teaching of this subject. Once laptops are more readily available, children will be able to apply and demonstrate the skills they have learnt during their blocked Computing lessons to the wider curriculum such as English, Maths and Topic. Purple Mash offers a wide range of tools for all these subjects making cross-curricular links easy as well as helping motivate the children including remembering the steps they have been taught. 

Pedagogy: (what is the teaching approach taken)

Purple Mash has offered training to all staff to ensure their subject knowledge is where they need to be and feel confident in. In addition, the scheme offers step-by-step lesson plans to offer further support for those that need it. 

Evaluation: (how will outcomes be measures for your subject)

The EYFS Profile is completed at the end of the year in Reception.  Each child’s level of development must be assessed against the early learning goals which include Understanding of the World which incorporates Computing.  Practitioners must indicate whether children are meeting expected levels of development, or if they are exceeding expected levels, or not yet reaching expected levels (‘emerging’). This information is shared with parent/carers and passed onto KS1.

 

Across the rest of the school, assessment of the children’s knowledge and skills is undertaken in a variety of ways for Computing at WM:  

  • Teacher assessment recorded on an Excel spreadsheet highlighting the main objectives each child is being taught throughout the academic year. It can provide the opportunity to discuss and moderate as the spreadsheet offers guidance on what a ‘Emerging’, ‘Expected’ and ‘Exceeding’ child looks like. This data can then be transferred to Pupil Asset where the objectives are much broader, but every teacher will have a good understanding of whether that child has met the objective.

  • Discussions with pupils – pupil voice – their understanding and opinions about history 

  • Book scans

  • Learning walks

Impact of Curriculum (what are the outcomes of your subject)

After the implementation of our new Purple Mash Computing Curriculum, children at WM will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform.  They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the Internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.

 

Documents

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Parenting in a Digital World 18th Feb 2021 Download
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