Sept 2019 - 96.9% Oct 2019 - 96.7%
Sept 2019 - Rec AG 99% Oct 2019 - Y6LM 98.6%
Computing at Amberley Primary School
At Amberley Primary School, we recognise that pupils are living in a rapidly changing world, in which ICT is playing an ever-increasing role. We aim, therefore, to equip children with the skills to adapt to new technology and to give them confidence to use ICT and computing skills to further their learning and assist them in everyday life.
As detailed in our overall curriculum intent, the teaching of Computing at Amberley embraces all three of our core values: nurturing, innovation and aspiration. By focussing on these three key priorities at the heart our curriculum we believe our children will be ready to successfully meet the challenges of the next stages of their education.
The school’s aims are to:
At Amberley Primary School we teach discrete Computing lessons to develop knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst also providing a range of opportunities throughout school to employ Computing skills across the curriculum.
In EYFS, technology is embedded across all of the seven areas of the curriculum. It aims to ensure that children develop listening skills, problem solving skills and thoughtful questioning, as well as improving subject skills across the curriculum. Technology is integrated into the lives of young children, so we aim to ensure that children are fluent in computer literacy and e-safety. Computing in EYFS is centred around play based, unplugged activities. For example, taking a photograph on an iPad, exploring old computers and technology, playing games on the interactive screen and using mechanical and remote controlled toys.
In Key Stage 1 and 2, all class teachers follow the planning provided by North Tyneside computing staff, which has been distributed in an Amberley Computing long term plan. This planning ensures good progression and coverage across the primary age range, with prior learning being revisited and then built on across the key stage. Some schemes of work spread across a half term and some across a full term, depending on the content. Each scheme of work progresses to a final piece of work for the unit. Each week class teachers put pictorial or video evidence into the Computing evidence Google Drive using an app on their ipads. This saves into a school wide bank of evidence and includes details of the unit, task, lesson and links to the national curriculum. Three pieces of evidence will be collected each lesson from a variety of abilities and pupil groups including pupil premium children. The final piece of work is saved in class folders on the shared drive. These folders are write protected and unable to be changed by children.
To support the use of technology and the delivery of the curriculum, members of teaching and support staff have also undertaken the Apple accredited teacher’s course and work with members of staff from North Tyneside to aid delivery. Equipment to supplement learning can also be borrowed to be used in school to allow further engagement by pupils.
Each year extracurricular clubs are run in Key Stage 1 and 2 by staff allowing some children to practise their skills out of normal class time. Children meet after school for a sequence of weeks across a half term developing their coding skills to complete challenges created around developing and debugging.
As part of our extracurricular offer, Two children from each class (Years 2 to 6) are elected by their peers to be ‘Amberley Digital Leaders’ in which they have undertaken training as part of the Apple accredited teachers course and working with a range of staff both internal and external, provide support and technical assistance to fellow students and staff.
E-Safety and Digital safety is now integral in the lives of children and young people in their everyday lives. Technology is a powerful tool , which can open up new opportunities for everyone. This technology can stimulate discussion, promote creativity and stimulate awareness of context to promote effective learning, however using this is in a proper and appropriate way can be difficult for children and young people to understand . At Amberley, we think it is paramount for children to feel confident and safe whilst using technology. Our E-Safety curriculum has been designed working with staff from local schools and the local authority to highlight important rules and themes of which all children need to be aware of in order to be safe and confident digital citizens.
After the implementation of this computing curriculum, children at Amberley Primary School will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly, safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.
Teachers use their observations, as well as scrutiny of completed work on Google Drive and the Amberley server, to assess who has met or not met the intended outcomes of a lesson. These children then receive in class support from the class teacher or further support from their peers. This information can also be used to inform groupings of the children the following lesson, enabling teachers to have a clear focus on supporting the needs of individual children. The curriculum is designed to be sequential, building on areas worked on in previous years, allowing children to build on their previous skills and allowing peer to peer support across many areas of the curriculum.
For further information about E-safety in school, please see our dedicated E-Safety page at the link below:
ICT Related Policies
At Amberley Primary, we pride ourselves of preparing our children to keep themselves safe online. We have comprehensive ICT Policies that address eSafety and we address any eSafety issues as and when they arise.
In addition to our Computing curriculum, we offer an extra curricular club for our Year 6 students. As part of North Tyneside's FIRST Lego League competition, each year our school enters 2 teams of 8 students to represent our school in the local events with the aims and hopes of qualifying for each years national competition.
Each year, the competition is based around a theme in which children have to solve real world problems in creative ways and complete a Lego programming challenge by developing, testing and debugging code in order to complete a pre-made obstacle course.
Here are some photos from last years competition: