Teachers’ own use of Computing in lessons is also an essential part of preparing engaging, fast moving, motivating lessons for pupils. The Computing Subject Leader keeps teachers up to date on the latest uses of Computing as a teaching tool; individual teachers then need to implement these tools into their lessons wherever possible. Teachers are expected to follow the outline generated by the Computing Subject Leader, however they are encouraged to further adapt them to other subjects as well as to the needs of the class.
Within the academic year, children study Computing in blocks, as outlined in the overall curriculum framework overview, carefully planned for progression and depth. The implementation of the 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 imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms. Knowledge and skills are mapped across each topic and year group to ensure systematic progression.
We have a computing suite, Chromebooks that can be used for remote learning and a shared class sets of laptops to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons.
Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. Units of work are carefully sequenced so prior knowledge and concepts are built upon to develop digital literacy, an awareness of online safety and a progressive knowledge of computer science. As well as the benefits of ICT, we are also aware of the risks. This is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of termly e-safety lessons and e-safety recaps.