Computing at Prince Rock
Within the Learning Academies Trust we believe that computing is an essential part of the national curriculum. Computing is an integral part of modern day life and therefore provides a wealth of learning opportunities, explicitly within computing and also across other curriculum subjects. Through the study of computing, children are able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that they will need for the rest of their lives. Computers have become a part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our daily lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational Thinking’ is an essential skill that we believe our children at Prince Rock must be taught in order to provide them with essential knowledge and skills that will enable them to participate effectively in the digital world.
The new national curriculum defines three clear aspects of computing curriculum: Computer Science (CS), Information Technology (IT) and Digital Literacy (DL). Children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
The aims of teaching Computing, as outlined in the national curriculum are 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
Within Prince Rock, we use a variety of resources, schemes and programmes of study to deliver a high quality computing curriculum.
EYFS curriculum due to be updated in Autumn Term, please watch this space!
Key Stage One
In Key Stage 1 the children will learn to understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions. They will be taught to create and debug simple programs and use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs. They will be shown how to use a range of technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content as well as recognise common uses of information technology beyond school. At Prince Rock, we ensure that all children will be taught to use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies. Each of these skills will be taught through exciting half termly units.
Key Stage Two
In Key Stage 2 the children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. They will use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs, use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Children will be taught to understand computer networks, including the internet, and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration. They will use search technologies effectively, learn to appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content. Children will be taught to select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals. KS1 e-safety knowledge and skills are built on in KS2 at Prince Rock. Our children learn to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable /unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. To ensure these skills are progressive we follow an E-safety progression of skills document.
At Prince Rock we recognise that all classes have children with widely differing backgrounds, SEND and EAL needs. We aim to provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways, by:
- setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses;
- setting tasks of increasing difficulty (with varied expectations of completion);
- grouping children by ability in the room and setting differentiated tasks for each ability group;
- providing resources of different complexity that are matched to the ability of the child;
- using classroom assistant or teacher support to support the work of individual children or groups of children.
Progression in computing will be assessed throughout each key stage through the children’s ability to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study. We assess the children through:
- Observing children at work during weekly computing sessions.
- Questioning the children in relation to their programme of study in order to assess their understanding and comprehension.
- Assessment/marking the work produced by the children and discussion of their next steps.
An age-related assessment will be given to parents/carers through annual reports.