Computing – teaching and learning
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our aim at Monksdown Primary is to provide a high-quality computing education. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in Computing so that they leave primary school computer literate. With the increasingly digital society that we live in, we aim to provide our children with skills that will support them in such a society whilst ensuring that the basics of computer use and safety remain at the forefront.
Our aim is for the curriculum to teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Most importantly, we intend to provide pupils with a secure understanding of digital literacy, ensuring that by the time they leave our school, they are digitally literate as active participants in a digital world
Computing begins in EYFS as the children are encouraged to develop an understanding of technology ranging from mechanical toys to iPads. Children are taught to use basic controls and understand that information can be retrieved from technology. The Curriculum for Key Stage 1 and 2 build upon that foundation to ensure that the skills and knowledge needed in computing is sequential, successful and secure.
It is our intention that, by the time they leave Monksdown Primary, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum:
- computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work)
- information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information)
- 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 foundation of knowledge, skills and understanding, which will prepare them for future learning in high school and futher careers.
In Key Stage 1
Children will learn to understand what algorithms are and how they are implemented as programs on digital devices. 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. They 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. Children will also be introduced to the basics in using office programs to learn how to use technology for every day work.
In Key Stage 2
The children will design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals. 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. They will use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. In Key Stage 2, children will develop their skills on every day work use of office and will learn to use Word, PowerPoint and Excel.
As well as doing this through lessons, we try to offer opportunities to our pupils to enrich their cultural capital through links with MGL comprehensive learning services who come into school and provide learning opportunities. We also offer encouragement and support in using Computing work outside of the classroom with the use of mapping electronically in Geography, using chronology technology in History, using Purple Mash to support teaching in subjects such as English and Art. We also utilize Google Classroom and Google Meet Video calls to ensure that children can access and engage with their learning if the need arises for them to learn remotely.
After the implementation of our Computing curriculum, children at Monksdown Primary 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 will further develop their key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation.
Computing: exploring scratch