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Computing

Curriculum Intent

In line with the National Curriculum for Computing, we aim is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The children will learn key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how things are designed and programmed.

 

Teachers at Wooburn Green Primary School use the ‘Switched On: Computing’ scheme, published by Rising Stars, as a starting point for the planning of their computing lessons, which have been adapted to develop across all media platforms and so that the lessons are often richly linked to our curriculum topic. We have access to an amazing computing suite and 10 ipads to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in computing lessons.

 

By the time the children leave WGPS, they will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum:

  • Computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work).
  • Information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information).
  • Digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).

 

The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. These include:

  • E-saftey
  • Programming
  • Handling data
  • Multimedia
  • Technology in our lives

 

We believe that employing technology across the whole curriculum, motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. It also makes the children’s learning more meaningful. The computing curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted is in greater depth, with more complex skills being taught each year, thus ensuring that learning is built upon.

Curriculum Content

Curriculum Implementation

Technology is always changing and at Wooburn Green Primary School, we want to ensure that every child has access to a curriculum which will provide children with the building blocks for life. Computing is a fundamental skill that every child will require as they move through their education and into the working world. Therefore, at Wooburn Green Primary School we allocate a weekly slot in the computing suite for each class as well as planning a broad curriculum which includes the use of technology on a regular basis.

 

Teachers at Wooburn Green Primary School use the ‘Switched On: Computing’ scheme, published by Rising Stars, as a starting point for the planning of their computing lessons, which have been adapted to develop across all media platforms and so that the lessons are often richly linked to our curriculum topic. We have access to an amazing computing suite and portable devices to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in computing lessons.

Assessment Information

We assess the pupils' progress against the skills and knowledge they have been taught in each computing unit. This takes place every half term.

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