Computing at St Giles
At St Giles we have shaped our computing curriculum to ensure it is fully inclusive to every child. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing and to teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective, safe users of technology who can:
- understand and apply fundamental principles and concepts of computer science.
- analyse problems in computational terms and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- evaluate and apply information technology.
- be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
All pupils at St Giles have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill that children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. By the time children leave our school they will have become digitally literate to enable them to express themselves and develop their own ideas through information and computer technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we are implementing a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Children at St Giles follow the Purple Mash scheme of work which is based on National Curriculum entitlements, although this is also supplemented by other approaches.
- Staff follow the knowledge and skills progression document to create a curriculum overview for the year.
- Staff ensure that the key knowledge and vocabulary receives the appropriate coverage within each unit of work.
- Educational visits are planned where possible.
- Staff encourage children to use technology outside of specific computing tasks and they see computing being an integral part of learning across the curriculum.
- Quizzes and recall activities are planned into the timetable to ensure children’s learning is retained.
- Learning is adapted to make it as accessible as possible for SEND pupils.
Our Computing Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Pupil discussions about their learning.
- By analysing work in children’s saved files/cloud-based learning and matching this to the key knowledge that they need to remember at each stage of their learning, based on planning overviews.
- An understanding in pupils of how each unit of work links to another.
- Regular quizzes and recall sessions.
- Assessed reflection of standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
At St Giles, we strive to ensure that children are equipped with computing and technological knowledge and skills that enable them to be ready for the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and for life as an adult in the wider world.
We want children to have thoroughly enjoyed learning about and using computers, therefore encouraging them to undertake new life experiences now and in the future.