Computing

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Intent

 At Ainderby Steeple CE School, our intent for Computing is to teach a practical and progressive curriculum through discreet lessons based on the Kapow Condensed Scheme of Learning.

We see Computing as an integral part of learning and life and aim to give children the confidence to embrace ever-changing modern technology independently.  Our curriculum is designed to equip all of our pupils to behave responsibly, honestly and safely online.

We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting our curriculum but in the day-to-day life of our school. We believe that technology can provide creative and collaborative learning opportunities and better engagement of pupils, as well as access to rich content.

At Ainderby Steeple CE School, we challenge and encourage pupils to take ownership of their work, making them responsible and active learners. We deliver lessons which are fun, engaging and practical, allowing all of our children to develop an enjoyment of Computing and the skills needed to fully and safely engage with our increasingly technologically advanced world.

What does computing look like at our school?

Implementation

Planning: The progression of the Computing curriculum across school is in line with age-related expectations based on NC2014 and supported by Kapow planning and curriculum resources. We also have in place a Disciplinary Knowledge Map (see link in documents list below) which allows us to adapt teaching in our KS2 mixed-age classes to ensure pupils access the learning appropriately for their year group.

Teaching: As a school, we have chosen the Kapow Condensed Computing Scheme of Work from EYFS to Year 6.

In Preschool, although Computing is not part of the curriculum, we ensure that there are opportunities for our youngest children to engage meaningfully with technology through play. 

The Kapow Condensed scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work provides flexibility and gives excellent supporting material for teachers. 

In addition, our pupils have access to physical computing resources such as programmable directional rovers, Crumble Controllers and Micro:bits (both as part of the curriculum and via our KS2 Coding Club).  They also make use of a variety of interactive games and resources via our class iPads to build enjoyment and boost understanding of key learning. 

Marking and Feedback: This is designed to support children to know what they need to do to improve and is given verbally within the lesson.  Children are encouraged to be as independent as they are able, developing their resilience and perseverance (e.g. debugging their own code if it does not work as they expect).

Assessment: Pupil attainment is assessed using the Kapow assessment spreadsheet. Statements are year group specific and relate directly to the topics taught. This enables staff to accurately identify attainment of pupils against key learning intentions, directly linked with NC2014.

Pupils’ work is saved on the school network in a class folder by academic year and topic. In addition, pupils contribute to their class Computing Big Book which demonstrates the learning undertaken and provides a useful resource to recap and revisit prior learning.

Moderation: We have a rolling programme of monitoring which includes work scrutiny, pupil conferencing, lesson observations, learning walks and reports to the governing body and the Dales Academy Trust.

Opportunities to celebrate Computing

Internet Safety Day activities, annually in February; Coding Club (next running in September 2024); daily use of interactive technologies in classrooms; Class Computing Big Books.

Impact

The impact of the computing curriculum at Ainderby Steeple CE School is that our children are growing in their confidence using computers and other technology in Computing and across the curriculum.  Pupils are able to employ debugging skills (using Crumble Controllers, Micro:bits, programmable rovers and drag-and-drop coding) with increasing resilience as they progress through school.

Pupils also have a growing awareness of how to independently maintain their own personal safety online and are able to describe both what their responsibilities are and how to report their concerns if needed. They are confident using a variety of web-based learning platforms and are developing their ability to confidently find information using online sources, assessing the reliability of such materials.

Pupil Voice:

“I love using the laptop and learning how to use different techniques.” 

“I really like computing and using the laptops because I like learning what to do and going home and practicing it.” 

“I like it when we have partners to help each other.” 

“We learn how to use computers safely.” 

“I like computing because you get to make systems and make codes.” 

Documents

Ainderby Steeple CE School E-Safety Policy 03.04.24 (1)

Online Security Measures 

Childnet.com information posters:

Age 3-6 posters Smartie-Poster-A3 Digiduck-Poster-A4

Age 7-11 posters SMART-rules-Poster-A3

Age 11+ posters Block-out-feelings Going-viral-spiral  How-fake-is-your-feed Perfect-social-lives Pressured-for-pics Who-am-i-chatting-to-online

Ainderby Steeple Whole School Computing Progression:

Computing Progression Document

Schemes of work:

Computing LTP EYFS, Y1, Y2

Computing LTP mixed-age Y3-6

Knowledge Organisers:

Class 1

Class 2 Y2-Algorithms-and-debugging-KO

Class 3 Y4-Computational-thinking-KO

Class 4 Knowledge-organiser-BBCMicrobit

Ainderby Computing SEND adaptations – where appropriate, the Computing Disciplinary Knowledge Map will be used to adapt teaching to enable SEND pupils to access learning.

The subject leader for Computing is Mrs L Kargar.