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Intent:

In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for Computing, our intent at Cumwhinton Primary School is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use digital thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.    

We will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed.  Children will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers and how they link to our ever developing digital world. 

By the time children leave Cumwhinton Primary School, 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). 

 

Implementation:

At Cumwhinton Primary School we aim to enable children, regardless of background, ability, additional needs, to flourish and to become the very best version of themselves they can possibly be.  Growing up in the 21st Century we teach the Computing Curriculum, supported by clear skills and knowledge progression.  This ensures that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning. 

In Computer Science we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representations.  

As part of Information Technology, children learn to purposefully use, express themselves and develop ideas through ICT.  For example, writing and presenting through Microsoft programmes, retrieving and storing digital content as well as exploring art and design multimedia. 

Within Digital Literacy, children develop practical skills in the safe use of computers and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems. For example, understanding the safe use of internet, networks and email. 

We also teach a progression of Computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding. 

 

At Cumwhinton Primary School, we teach children through our Purple Mash Scheme.  This enables children to have access to good quality resources as well as providing cross-curricular opportunities for children to apply their Computing knowledge and skills. 

 

Online Safety is taught within most Computing lessons by reminding children how to stay safe whilst accessing the computers as well as being taught as a stand-alone unit each year. 

Impact:

Our Computing Curriculum is accessible to all children, is designed to build on prior learning and lessons are sequenced following year by year planning. 

The impact of our Computing Curriculum can not only be seen in some displays around school and on the children’s individual computer accounts, but also can be measured by speaking to the children themselves. The teaching of the computing curriculum enables our children to use a computer with confidence.

At Cumwhinton Primary School we measure the impact of our curriculum using the following methods:

  • Children’s work saved onto their individual accounts on Purple Mash.
  • Pupil dialogue – this gives us a chance to speak to the children first-hand about their learning experiences. 
  • Reporting of Standard within our end of year reports. 
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