Our Ethos for Computing
We have a strong ethos towards ICT and Computing which is focused on ensuring pupils become digitally literate; able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology and are ready for the workplace in later life. This is now being supported by the Switched on Computing scheme of work which we have started to implement this year.
At Mapplewell Primary School our Computing aims are to:
- Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for ICT and computing for all pupils.
- For pupils to achieve success in ICT by learning the skills set out in our computing curriculum.
- Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for ICT and computing.
- For pupils to have access to a range of ICT resources including emerging technologies.
- Enhance and extend pupil’s learning across the whole curriculum, using ICT and computing as a tool, whilst developing motivation and social skills.
- Allow pupils the opportunity to choose and use ICT creatively in all areas of the curriculum enabling them to see the relevance of ICT in everyday life.
- Equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
- To make pupils aware of inappropriate use of ICT and how to use ICT safely and responsibly.
- For all staff to continually improve and develop their ICT skills through professional development.
- To use ICT to promote links with parents and the wider community.
At Mapplewell Primary School we provide pupils with opportunities to develop their skills, knowledge and understanding of the digital world within a broad and balanced ICT and Computing curriculum. We teach pupils to develop their skills and knowledge that will enable them to communicate creatively with the world. Computing lessons are now taught discreetly on a weekly basis and we are developing and embedding the pupil’s basic skills in computing within all lessons.
Teaching and Learning approaches
As the aims of computing are to equip pupils with the skills necessary to use technology to become independent learners, the teaching style that we adopt is as active and practical as possible. While at times we do give pupils direct instruction on how to use hardware or software, the main emphasis of our teaching in computing is for pupils to confidently use computers and digital technologies to help, support and enhance their learning in all areas of the curriculum.
As the school develops its resources and expertise to deliver the ICT and computing curriculum we will be using the Switched on computing scheme of work as a teaching tool; to ensure we are confident in teaching and delivering the skills that are required in line with the national curriculum. The units within the Switched on computing scheme of work are designed to enable pupils to achieve relevant objectives. Staff will follow long term and medium term plans with objectives set out in the national curriculum. Staff will annotate, adapt and modify short term plans from the Computing programme to meet the needs of the children within the class they are teaching. Pupil progress towards these objectives will be recorded by teachers using a class assessment tool.
Early Years Foundation Stage
It is important in the foundation stage to give pupils a broad, play-based experience of computing in a range of contexts, including outdoor play. Computing is not just about computers. Early years learning environments should feature computing scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Pupils gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the whiteboard or program a toy. Recording devices can support pupils to develop their communication skills. This is particular useful with pupils who have English as an additional language.
Key Stage 1 and 2
Within Key Stage 1 and 2 the Switched on computing units will be followed as set out in the schools long term and medium term plans. This will ensure the coverage of the National Curriculum objectives is balanced and the relevant skills in each year group are being taught.
At Mapplewell our ICT and Computing curriculum encourages pupils to:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of computer science, including logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
- Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems.
- Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Pupils at Mapplewell Primary have regular access to a range of technology, including computers, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate – able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, at Mapplewell Primary we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill pupils must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. The core of computing is computer science in which pupils are taught the principles of how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
At Mapplewell Primary we take internet safety extremely seriously. We have an Internet Policy that provides guidance for teachers and pupils about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons that have e-safety weaved within them and pupils are beginning to understand how to stay safe when using technology.
Please click on the link below to view computing overview for Year 1 to Year 6: