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Computing

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Computing at Amberley

 

Curriculum Intent

 

 

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.

 

Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.  Our curriculum has been designed to incorporate uses of technology such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, the Google Suite as well as a variety of iPad applications.

 

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.

 

Aims

 

The school’s aims are to:

 

  • Provide a broad, balanced, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for all pupils.
  • Develop pupil’s computational thinking skills that will benefit them throughout their lives.
  • Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for Computing at Key Stage 1 and 2
  • To stimulate interest in new technologies.
  • To equip pupils with the confidence and skills to use digital tools and technologies throughout their lives.
  • To enhance and enrich learning in other areas of the curriculum by cross curricular use of ICT
  • To develop the understanding of how to use computers and digital tools safely and stay safe online.

Curriculum Implementation

 

At Amberley Primary School we teach both discrete Computing lessons to develop knowledge, skills and understanding but also provide a range of opportunities throughout school to employ Computing skills across the curriculum.

 

In EYFS, technology forms an element of the EYFS goal understanding the world.  It aims to ensure that children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and can select and use technology for particular purposes.

 

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 video evidence into the Computing evidence Google Drive using an app on their ipads. This saves into a school wide bank of evidence, including 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 group including pupil premium children. The final piece of work is saved in class folders on the shared drive. This is write protected and unable to be changed by children.

 

Each year we also take part in the LEGO League tournament arranged by North Tyneside council, allowing some children to practise their skills out of normal class time. Children meet at lunchtimes and after school for 3 months before the tournament to develop code to solve the board challenges. This finishes with a tournament with other schools, where the code is tested against the clock.

Curriculum Impact

 

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.  

 

Teachers assess children's progress within the computing curriculum against an agreed set of school expectations for each year group using the target tracker assessment system, which has been specifically adapted to the requirements of the curriculum by North Tyneside Schools. The expectations of children are high and we strive to best equip children for use of the technology throughout their lives both academically and socially. Assessment is then analysed by the Computing leads and data is discussed with staff.

 

 

E-Safety

 

For further information about E-safety in school, please see our dedicated E-Safety page at the link below:

 

https://www.amberleyprimary.co.uk/esafety/

Curriculum Oveview:

Lego League Competition

 

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:

 

 

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