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Computing Curriculum Ward Green Primary School

Intent: Knowledge, Skills and the National Curriculum

Our approach to the Computing Curriculum is taught discretely outside of topic time to ensure depth and rigour, whilst being underpinned by the accelerated learning approach to teaching and learning. However, where comprehensive and purposeful links can be made within a thematic approach, our teachers may deliver computing in this manner.

The key concepts, principles and themes have been developed from the National Curriculum into a range of progressive knowledge and skills that are vital for children to explore. At WGPS, we believe it is important to ensure children are using software correctly and that these basic skills are embedded from a young age in order for chilren to succeed in the 21st Century.

The curriculum document for Computing allows teachers to see what these vital skills are so children can confidently use a software in a variety of context in order to enhance their learning and engagement with the curriculum. Alongside this, there are planned and rigorous opportunities for children to learn about E-Safety and explore different uses of technology in the wider world.

The computing curriculum document has been organised into 5 main areas:

Algorithms and Programming; Organising and Searching (Using the Internet); Uses of Technology; Data Retrieving and Organising; and E-Safety and Responsibility.

The Computing curriculum we offer is designed to meet the needs of all our pupils. It is rich, varied, imaginative and ambitious and meets the needs of individual learners by can easily be adapted for pupils with additional needs.

Implementation: Accelerated Learning

In addition to Computing being taught discretely to ensure rigour around the curriculum objectives delivered, it is embedded across the whole curriculum and permeates many subjects. It is used in many curriculum areas and has raised interest, self esteem, creativity and aspirations for all children. The Computing curriculum is rich and varied and provides our pupils with the skills required to succeed in later life.

The Accelerated Learning Cycle, based on the work of Alastair Smith, is applied in all lessons. It stems from the idea of a supportive and challenging learning environment. The cycle has active engagement through multi-sensory learning, encourages the demonstrating understanding of learning in a variety of ways and the consolidation of knowing.

A gather, skills, apply approach to planning and delivery of lessons is taken across school to ensure children develop a deep understanding of specific skills and are able to apply these in a range of situations.

Impact: Assessment

Formative assessment is ongoing throughout each lesson. It judges progress and enables teachers to make flexible adaptions to their planned teaching.

Through this regular ongoing assessment, tasks are matched to the ability of each child through differentiated activities, adult support, providing a level of challenge that is stimulating for pupils and questioning skills

INCERTS is used as a summative assessment to assess foundation subjects. Alongside the analysis of data from INCERTS, the curriculum document for computing is regularly highlighted to identify any gaps or misconceptions to be addressed. This allows children to acquire complex skills that depends on the fundamentals of their prior knowledge in a well designed curriculum sequence.

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