In computing, learning is driven by curiosity. Activities and units of work are built around investigation, discovery, analysis and problem solving. We guide children to recognise the importance of staying safe when using computers in school and out of school. Our main aim is to ensure that pupils become digitally literate at a suitable level for the future workplace and as an active participant for the digital world.
Strengths of the curriculum:
- Pupils are helped to use technology safely through ESafety assemblies and ICT firewalls. This means that pupils will have an appropriate awareness of online safety which is an essential life skill.
- Computing planning is linked to the themed curriculum. This ensures pupils get a varied and balanced curriculum.
- SIMS is used to assess computing at Overdale School. This is in line with other subjects to ensure consistency throughout school.
- All children have an appropriate access to ICT, within their classrooms, through the use of laptops, Beebots, notebooks, computers, Learnpads and Ipads.
- KS2 children have regular opportunities to use Word processing and PowerPoints skills these are vital for children to become digitally literate.
- A STEM day, at the start of term, captured all children’s attention and helped them become confident and creative users of ICT.
Areas for development:
- Inconsistencies in the programming aspects of computing means children are not accessing the programming at an appropriate level.
- With the increasing developments in technology and resources children need to access a variety of technology.
- To monitor assessment within computing and ensure strategies are in place for children not meeting the expected standard.
- Consistent programming aspects will be addressed through a computing day dedicated to coding to help staff, and children, become clear of the progression skills needed for programming.
- We will use reading skills to create and debug programs to help drive reading through computing.
- A computing club will be available to all KS2 children. With specific focus for children who are not meeting the expected standard in computing.
- To create a link with a local secondary school to enable a wider access to resources for UKS2.
- For the subject leader to monitor the quality of learning, pupils’ progress and attainment