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Computing

We are computing enthusiasts!  

Intent

Why is Computing important for pupils at Grampound Road? 

Our computing curriculum aims to provide the children with the skills and knowledge necessary to use technologies safely and creatively. Over time, the children will become increasingly more independent, be able to work collaboratively when solving complex problems and develop resilience when finding solutions by learning from mistakes.  

Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in pupils' lives. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology to model positive use. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. 

We encourage staff to try use computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.  

 

Implement:

We use Purple Mash to deliver our computing curriculum. 

In the Foundation Stage, computing is taught is embedded throughout the curriculum. Children have opportunities to develop their understanding of the world through the use of technology. 

In EYFS children: 

  • know and talk about the different factors that support overall health and wellbeing; regular physical activity, healthy eating, tooth brushing, sensible amounts of screen time, having a good sleep routine, being a safe pedestrian. 
In KS1 children 
  • understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • create and debug simple programs
  • use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
  • use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
  • recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
  • use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies.
In KS2 children: 
  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration
  • use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked, and be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
Impact: 

How does studying Computing help pupils to achieve? 

  • Children will embrace and enjoy technology, understand its importance in their everyday lives  

  • E-Safety is becoming a huge part of our lives, childrenare taught about the dangers that using the internet can bring and how they can protect themselves to get the full enjoyment of going online. As adults, it is our responsibility to support our young people in an ever expanding and diverse digital age. We continue to support the children with E-safety in our purple mash scheme of work and continuous reflection of the SMART e-safety rules. 

  • Children will recognise that there are exciting career opportunities to be had in computing technologies.  

  • Children will leave primary school with a solid foundation in computing skills preparing them for their futures.  

 

E-safety 
 
From mobile phones, computers and laptops to chrome books, tablets and games consoles, our children have a huge amount of technology around them, and we want them to know how to use it and have fun safely.

There are a number of great ESafety resources online, click on the links below, and we encourage you to spend some time looking at them and discussing them with your child.