At Redhill Primary Academy, we value the importance of Computing in preparing children for thriving in an ever-developing world where technology is becoming ever more prevalent. Computing is much more than being able to use a computer- it is a subject that enables pupils to use technology to support them in overcoming challenges, creating media and showing an understanding of the technology which is around us. We aim to inspire our children to use technology positively, responsibly, and safely. We want our pupils to be creators, not consumers, and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. The content we have selected has been carefully planned to ensure that children have ample opportunity to revisit existing knowledge and build new knowledge alongside this. We also want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice when using technology and as a school we utilise technology, including social media, to model positive use. Our knowledge-rich curriculum is balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become digitally literate and skilful computer scientists. Computing knowledge and skills are embedded across the curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. It is intended that when children leave Redhill Primary Academy, our children will be able to use computational thinking as a tool to help them overcome challenges.
The teaching and implementation of the Computing Curriculum is based on the National Curriculum ensuring a well-structured approach to the subject which covers the three areas of Computing: digital literacy, information technology and computer science.
We teach a range of units each year which are carefully planned to not only deliver engaging curriculum content which is relevant to our children, but also to build upon key knowledge that the children have been taught in previous year groups, starting in the EYFS. Throughout each concept, teachers carefully assess the children’s knowledge and application of knowledge in various contexts, adapting lessons where necessary so that knowledge is stored in the long-term memory.
Below is an outline of our curriculum offer in Computing from EYFS to Year 6.
We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
We also use retrieval strategies and self and peer assessment as assessment for learning strategies in order to measure the impact of our carefully spaced curriculum offer. Through our assessments and monitoring, we can see the impact of children knowing and remembering more.
The Computing subject leader will continually monitor the impact Computing teaching is having on the children's learning, through work scrutinies, to ensure the progression of knowledge and skills is being taught. They will also ensure the knowledge taught is retained by the children and continually revisited and that the learners are able to apply the skills they have been taught to a variety of different settings, showing independence with their learning. Impact will also be measured through key questioning skills built into lessons, learning objectives and success criteria and summative assessments aimed at targeting next steps in learning.