Computing Intent, implementation and impact statement
At Haselbury Plucknett School, we understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting the whole of the curriculum.
Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through information and communication technology for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Know how to keep themselves safe whilst using technology and on the internet and be able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
- Become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
- Understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
- Understand the E-Safety messages can keep them safe online and know who to contact if they have concerns.
- Apply their learning in a range of contexts, e.g. at school and at home.
Special Educational Needs Disability (SEND) / Pupil Premium / Higher Attainers All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND or in receipt of pupil premium funding may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Computing teaching at Haselbury Plucknett School will deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum through units of work taken from Kapow Primary schemes of work.
The Kapow Primary scheme is organised into five key areas, creating a cyclical route through which pupils can develop their computing knowledge and skills by revisiting and building on previous learning:
- Computer systems and networks • Programming • Creating media • Data handling • Online safety
The implementation of Kapow Primary Computing ensures a broad and balanced coverage of the National curriculum requirements, and the ‘Skills showcase’ units provide pupils with the opportunity to learn and apply transferable skills. Where meaningful, units have been created to link to other subjects such as science, art, and music to enable the development of further transferable skills and genuine cross-curricular learning.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as unplugged and digital activities. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
Strong subject knowledge is vital for staff to be able to deliver a highly effective and robust computing curriculum. Each of the units of lessons include teacher videos to develop subject knowledge and support ongoing CPD. Further CPD opportunities can also be found via the webinars with Computing subject specialists. Kapow has been created with the understanding that many teachers do not feel confident delivering the computing curriculum and every effort has been made to ensure that they feel supported to deliver lessons of a high standard that ensure pupil progression.
Finally, at Haselbury Plucknett School we actively encourage parent partnership within the computing curriculum and outside of school. Parents are made aware of e-safety issues through the school website, Facebook page, links, letters, information newsletters, parent presentations, shared activities and guidance and regular subscriptions to e-safety magazines.
Our Computing Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different computational components. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.