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ROADE PRIMARY SCHOOL

Aim High Reach for the Sky!

Computing

We have discreet timetable time for the development of ICT skills but our approach is to integrate ICT into all lessons: the use of laptops and other hardware such as cameras and iPads is as much part of our learning tools as pencils and pens.

Our curriculum is through Barefoot & Purple Mash schemes and this ensures that our children get a healthy mixed diet with clear focus on creativity and E-safety. Subject specific software-one-off programmes support teaching and learning across all years.

The children develop their skills, starting in reception with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They draw pictures, write and use the internet to carry out research. They then progress to more complex skills such as data analysis and coding.

To enhance computing the staff use a variety of strategies in teaching these skills-this can include Minecraft and Lego to develop programming. There is a popular and successful code club run on site after school for KS2 children that develops programing, coding and understanding of computing for real life uses.

Pupils will use technology safely and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns.

National Curriculum Computing Programmes of Study:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-computing-programmes-of-study

 

Intent

Computing at Roade Primary School should provide a robust range of learning experiences in order that children are confident and secure with using technology, understand how it is used and how to stay safe while using it. They will explore the creative side of computing, including the production of art and music, in conjunction with safe internet use, coding and how computers and ICT systems work. They will use a variety of devices, learning their similarities and differences and explore the use of software and hardware for each. This knowledge is explored in weekly Computing lessons where skills are developed from early device usage in Reception to high level content creation and evaluation in Year 6.

In addition to Computing skills such as e-Safety and Coding, children will be taught how to use the Microsoft Office suite of software. This is in order that ICT equipment can be used with other curriculum areas for presentation and data collection. We do have discreet timetable time for the development of Computing skills but our approach is to integrate ICT into all lessons: the use of laptops and other hardware such as cameras and iPads is as much part of our learning tools as pencils and pens.

Implementation 

Our curriculum is through the Purple Mash scheme and this ensures that our children get a healthy mixed diet with clear focus on creativity and E-safety. Subject specific software-one-off programmes support teaching and learning across all years. The children develop their skills, starting in reception with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They draw pictures, write and use the internet to carry out research. They then progress to more complex skills such as data analysis and coding.

To enhance computing the staff use a variety of strategies in teaching these skills-this can include Minecraft and Lego to develop programming. Where appropriate, extra-curricular activities for KS2 children that develops programming, coding and understanding of computing for real life uses.

Impact 

By the end of Year 6, pupils will use technology safely and identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns. They will be confident with using familiar software, including basic word processing, research tools and presentation applications, as well as how to manage the files and folders of a computer. They will be able to critically think about which application to use for a specified task and enjoy being creative using technology.