At Farcet C of E Primary School, we believe that all pupils have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe children to should have the skills taught to them which will enable them participate effectively and safely in a digital world. We believe that computing has deep links with maths, science as well as design and technology. It also allows our pupils to think creatively and to experience the world through different windows.
All staff at Farcet C of E Primary School believe in ensuring children experience different technology, such as iPads, Windows laptops and PCs as well as Google Chromebooks and Google Education. This will allow children to become digitally literate and allow expressing themselves and developing their ideas.
Our curriculum is designed to ensure that all pupils:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
As pupils progress, they should be able to think critically and develop a more rigorous understanding of computing.
We take seriously children’s internet safety. We have an e-safety policy, which provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. We aim to share with parents updates on how to support their children through a rapidly changing digital world.
We value reading as a fundamental life skill, and are dedicated to enabling our pupils to become lifelong readers. We recognise that reading is essential for academic success and the key to accessing knowledge across the curriculum. Therefore, reading is given high priority within Computing.
Teachers plan the following based on a progression document and a long-term subject overview:
- A medium term plan which outlines the knowledge all children must master during the half term.
- A cycle of lessons for Computing, which carefully plans for progression and depth.
- Challenge questions for pupils to apply their learning.
- Key vocabulary.
- Trips and visiting experts who will enhance the learning experience.
- A means to display and celebrate the pupils’ work in their class or around school
Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
- Children can apply their understanding outside of Computing lessons to be able to show connections as well as develop their understanding of other subjects further.
- Children can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies.
- Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- A celebration of learning for each term, which demonstrates progression across the school.
- Pupil discussions about their learning which includes discussion of their thoughts, ideas, processing and evaluations of work.
At Farcet C of E Primary School, we ensure that children are equipped with computing skills and knowledge that will enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want the children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Computing, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.