We follow the National Curriculum and have made some enhancements such as joining in with Safer Internet Day annually, inviting Digital PCSO’s from Merseyside police to educate our children on e-safety, as well as opportunities to develop Computing during woodland learning sessions. All pupils study Computing including those who have SEN and/or disabilities and those who are disadvantaged. The pupils gain knowledge about the three main strands of Computing, Digital Literacy, Information Technology and Computer Science, every year. We have built our own scheme of work which builds in complexity so that pupils can build their skills and knowledge. Knowledge and skills are constantly revisited and refreshed to ensure that they become embedded. To aid understanding subject specific vocabulary is taught explicitly within every lesson. We have created end points for each topic and milestones for the end of each year to show what pupils should know and can do. As the children move to the next year group, the next teacher then knows where to start.
Pupils come from a mixed urban area of Wirral; our vision is to support children in becoming creative, independent learners and ensure they develop a healthy relationship with technology. At our school we value and recognise the contribution that technology can make for the benefit of all pupils, staff, parents, governors and society. We strive to provide safe opportunities in computing to motivate, inspire and raise standards across the curriculum. Everyone in our school community will be equipped with the digital skills to meet developing technology with confidence, enthusiasm and prepare them for a future in an ever-changing world. Our curriculum supports the key aims of the government’s Internet Safety Strategy (Digital Literacy / UK Council for Child Internet Safety (UKCCIS) framework) of supporting children to stay safe and make a positive contribution online, as well enabling teachers to develop effective strategies for understanding and handling online risks. To build pupils’ cultural capital, they also study the work of computer scientists who are nationally important. Our core values; resilience, respect and responsibility are continually developed through all Computing learning experiences.
Year 1: Digital Literacy
Year 1 have learnt how they can use a search engine to find answers and different types of media e.g. videos. They have also learnt how to find out information about others and know what personal data is, to know what you can do online and who to trust, to understand why creating an Avator is important rather than showing your true identify and to know how to save work into a safe secure area and who has access to this.
Year 2: Digital Literacy
Year 2 children have developed their knowledge of the risks of their online lives as well as developing skills when using online services. They have had stimulating classroom discussions about certain situations that may arise when online which have got them thinking critically about their online lives.
Year 4: Information Technology
In Spring 2, Year 4 were able to use the app iMovie on ipads to record and join together clips to produce a movie. They have also learnt about the different film making techniques and story telling skills.
Year 5: Computer Science
Through a mixture of unplugged and practical programming activities, pupils develop their understanding of decomposition and repetition while creating animations. They begin by designing a dance sequence and creating a flipbook animation of their dance, before learning how to use simple flowcharts to write algorithms. They are introduced to repetition before applying their understanding by decomposing the process of a volcanic eruption. Pupils then plan, through using a flowchart algorithm, and program their own micro:bit animated volcanic eruption. To conclude the unit, pupils decompose the unit to identify how their learning developed to produce their final product.
Year 6: Computing Science
In this unit children create their own version of the popular app ‘Crossy Roads’ using visual coding.