Miss Shelley Hoare
At Chacewater School, our computing curriculum is designed to prepare all learners for their future through providing opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills to become active participants in an ever changing digital world. The curriculum ensures that all children become competent in safely and effectively using range of technology, including a variety of age appropriate hardware and software.
Our computing curriculum is made up of three distinct strands:
- Computer science- The foundations of understanding computing in which pupils develop computational thinking and learn how digital systems work through programming and algorithms.
- Information technology- Pupils learn to use computer systems and networks to creatively and purposefully manipulate a range of digital content.
- Digital literacy -Pupils become digitally literate through developing the basic functional skills needed to use technology confidently and effectively.
Teachers make effective use of technology to enhance and enable teaching and learning across the curriculum in order to engage learners, promote achievement and develop digital literacy skills.
Computing Curriculum Implementation
At Chacewater school, our computing teaching and learning follows the Teach Computing Curriculum from the National Computing Centre for Excellence. Computing is delivered in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 through weekly, 1 hour, discrete computing lessons. The curriculum is delivered through the use a range of hardware and software including: Chromebooks, Ipads, Headphones and programmable toys.
The impact of our curriculum is that pupils develop the skills and knowledge required to become active participants in an ever changing digital world. The impact of our curriculum is measured through teacher assessments in order that we can monitor pupils progress as they develop their knowledge and skills in Computing.
Formative assessments are carried out by teachers through observation and questioning pupils in computing lessons. These assessments will inform teacher judgements around what a pupil has understood in each computing unit.
Teachers carry out summative assessments at the end of each computing unit taught using the Teach computing assessment framework materials. Theses assessments are in the form of either a multiple choice quiz (MCQ) or an assessment rubric. These assessments will inform teacher judgements around what a pupil has understood in each computing unit.