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Computing Curriculum

The Computer Science aspect of the curriculum teachers computational thinking. Children should be taught to solve problems using computational terms. This area of the curriculum involves coding and data representation. However, here at Banks Road this is not taught exclusively through using a computer; many topics are primarily introduced using unplugged activities e.g. following written instructions to find errors. 

Information Technology involves using various software and a range of devices, including the internet, to accomplish goals and manipulate digital content. This strand is expanded across the curriculum  to other subjects to that IT is used in a cross curricular way. E.g. using the internet to complete research.

Digital Literacy involves teaching children to use technology safely and respectfully. Children learn about how computing relates to the wider world and how it is used in every day life. They learn to evaluate software and technology critically. 

Intent

At Banks Road Primary School, our Computing curriculum is designed around the four key areas, as outlined in the National Curriculum. These are Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Online Safety. The combination of these areas equips our children with the ability to use technology safely and securely. We aim to have pupils leaving Banks Road as masters of technology, having had the opportunity to gain pivotal knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world.

Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progress of skills to ensure that children become competent in safely using and understanding technology. The four key areas are revisited throughout the school to ensure that learning is embedded, and skills are successfully developed and progressed upon. Our intention is also that Computing supports children’s creativity, with strong links to cross-curricular learning in order to engage children and enrichen their school experiences.

The National Curriculum 2014 aims 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 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.

Implementation

Our children begin their journey with technology in Early Years, with access to iPads, laptops and BeeBots. Teachers facilitate children’s curiosity with challenge and modelling how to use the equipment carefully and safely. Pupils are taught basic typing skills, use of the trackpad and logging in and out.

In KS1, pupils continue their journey with the BeeBots, using them more precisely. They learn how to programme a BeeBot to reach a destination and begin to be able to debug when something doesn’t work out the way they imagined. In the classroom, they improve their mouse control and learn how to log on and off a computer using a username and password. They learn about online safety and what to do if they encounter something which makes them feel uncomfortable as well as what personal information is and why it is important we don’t share it with someone on the internet. Coding then progresses from BeeBots onto a computer-based programme where children learn how to programme a variety of sprites.

In KS2, children continue this coding journey, not only making the sprites move, but interact with each other. As children progress up KS2 the coding becomes more complex and they are able to create basic games with code. Their digital literacy skills are combined with English, science, history and geography and work is word processed and presentations are created using PowerPoint. Children learn how to use the hardware we have in school including webcams, where they are taught how to take and manipulate pictures, showing them that what they view in the media isn’t always accurate. The children are also taught internet safety throughout each year of KS2. They know how to keep themselves safe online and what to do if they come across something that makes them uncomfortable. KS2 are taught the difference between being a bystander and an upstander and the importance of reporting something they experience happening to themselves or another person, as in accordance with our Anti Bullying Policy and our Online Safety Policy. Upper KS2 understand the importance of media balance and appreciate that as they get older, they are more responsible for their online presence and how often they access a variety of forms of media.

Impact

The impact of our computing curriculum should be available to see in displays around school, in our Shared Drive and floor-books, but also can be measured by speaking to the children themselves. The teaching of the computing curriculum enables our children to use both laptops and tablets, along with a range of software, with confidence.

We measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:

  • Summative assessment of pupil discussions about their learning.
  • Images of the children’s practical learning in a class floor-book, alongside examples of pupil voice.
  • Children’s work saved into the shared drive.
  • Interviewing the pupils about their learning (pupil voice).
  • Annual reporting of standards across the curriculum.

Monitoring takes place each term and the subject leader and teachers use this feedback to inform or address any gaps in learning or teacher subject/pedagogical knowledge.

Children in Early Years Foundation Stage are assessed within ‘Knowledge and Understanding the World’ and their progress is tracked termly using Target Tracker. Age related expectation levels are reported to parents at the end of the Reception year.

Yearly Progression Maps:

Computing Year 1                                                                              Computing Year 2                                                                                          Computing Year 3

Computing Year 4                                                                              Computing Year 5                                                                                          Computing Year 6

Medium Term Plans:

Autumn 1:

Year 1 – Aut 1 Medium Term                                                        Year 2 – Aut 1 Medium Term                                                                 Year 3 – Aut 1 Medium Term

Year 4 – Aut 1 Medium Term                                                        Year 5 – Aut 1 Medium Term                                                                 Year 6 – Aut 1 Medium Term

Autumn 2:

 

Spring 1:

Tel: 0151 427 4360 | Email: banksroad-ao@banksroad.liverpool.sch.uk | Office Manager: Mrs N McGee
Twitter: @BanksRoadSch | Headteacher: Mrs L Gibson

Banks Road, Garston, Liverpool, L19 8JZ