The Intent of our Computing Curriculum
At Bonnygate Primary School, we aim to prepare children to partake in a rapidly changing world where technology is increasingly transforming the way we work and carry out everyday life. Through our computing curriculum, we intend to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to succeed and flourish. We want children to recognise the importance of computing whilst becoming independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent users of technology but to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
How we Implement our Curriculum
At Bonnygate Primary, computing is taught following the NCCE Computing Curriculum scheme of work to cover the three areas of the Computing National Curriculum: Digital literacy, Computer Science and Information Technology. This scheme is funded by the DFE and closely follows the 2014 National Curriculum.
Every lesson in our scheme has been individually planned so that it can be effectively taught so that it can meet the needs of all our pupils. In computing lessons, the children have access to their own chrome book as well as a set of iPads in order to access a range of apps and software.
Online safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning. We offer opportunities to attend roadshows and take part in online safety days. Children are also taught about vocabulary linked to computing and key skills for life.
The Impact of our Curriculum
At Bonnygate, we use formative and summative assessment (based on the objectives in the 2014 National Curriculum) to determine children’s understanding and inform teachers' planning. Children have their own expectation document with ‘I can’ statements which help students understand what the lesson is about, why it is important, how they will be expected to learn, and what they need to do in order to demonstrate they have learned. They also convey the progression of learning by connecting lessons from yesterday, to today, and tomorrow.
The subject leader regularly reviews each part of the Computing curriculum and Learning Walks and observations are carried out throughout the year.
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