Our vision at St Michaels is that all pupils should enjoy Computing and become confident, passionate and responsible users of technology both inside and outside of school. Through interesting, relevant and inclusive lessons, they will be able to leave Year 6 with a good understanding of how computers and the Internet work, along with being able to complete tasks on them creatively, independently and reflectively for a range of purposes and audiences.
Computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. This policy describes our values and philosophy in relation to the teaching and learning of it.
As Computing is firmly entrenched in many aspects of everyday life, it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and capability that they need to live and work in a digital world.
The subject teaches knowledge, skills and understanding across three different areas:
- in computer science, pupils are taught about the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming;
- in information technology, pupils are taught how to use programs and computer systems to create and develop their ideas;
- in digital literacy, pupils are taught how to use online technologies safely, effectively and responsibly.
Rossington St Michaels Primary School will endeavour to provide the highest possible quality of Computing education. It will meet the requirements specified in the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Development Matters framework.
Click here to access the computing national curriculum.
The school will offer a caring, supportive environment to enable the pupils to reach their potential as technology users from the educational provision available.
Our aims for Computing are that pupils:
- learn within a coherent and progressive framework that enables them to both develop their skills and improve their knowledge;
- are taught it as a creative and fascinating subject in which they are encouraged to use their initiative, imagination, reasoning and investigative skills across a range of interesting contexts;
- become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology;
- all achieve to the best of their ability, experiencing the challenge and joy of learning;
- work on Computing tasks both individually and collaboratively with others to solve problems and create work for different audiences;
- appreciate the relevance of Computing in our society and receive equal opportunities to apply and develop their Computing capability.
Lessons and Resources
Our expectations are set high for pupils in lessons so that they are all given the opportunity to achieve and succeed as best as they can.
There is clear progression of skills throughout each year group and Espresso Coding builds the skills of what the children need, year on year. The curriculum also has detailed lesson plans and resources for all the units they are expected to teach. The computing curriculum dovetails with PSHE and teaching the children how to use the Internet safely.
Knowledge, Skills and Vocabulary
Alongside our Long Term Plan we have designed a Knowledge, Skills and Vocabulary document to support learning. This shows the progressing of skills and vocabulary across the curriculum.