ICT Curriculum Intent

Our Computing Curriculum at Hale will give our pupils life-skills to flourish, enabling them to embrace and utilise technology in a socially responsible and safe way. We want our pupils to become leaders in the 21st century workplace, fully prepared to make the most of any career opportunities open to them. Our aim is for our children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment through a safe, structured teaching environment. The use of technology supports our learning across the entire curriculum and will ensure accessibility for every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want to develop specific programming, algorithm writing and de-bugging skills as well as computational thinking. It is our aim to give our pupils a broad range of experiences to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within a wider global community and to empower them to become responsible digital citizens.

ICT Curriculum Implementation

To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Our implementation of the computing curriculum is in line with 2014 Primary National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2 and the Foundation Stage Curriculum in England. This provides a broad framework and outlines the knowledge and skills taught in each key stage.

Computing teaching will deliver these requirements throughout our half-termly themes. Our Computing progression model is broken down into three strands that make up the computing curriculum. These are Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Computer Science underlines the knowledge and skills relating to programming, coding, algorithms and computational thinking. Information Technology underlines the knowledge and skills relating to communication, multimedia and data representation and handling. Digital Literacy underlines the knowledge and skills relating to online safety and technology uses all of which are covered weather combined or discreetly.

We use and follow the Kapow scheme of work from Year 1-6, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school.

We recognise that computing is a specialist subject and not all teachers are computing specialists. We are building our staff’s knowledge and skills base through a series of training sessions. The Kapow scheme of work enables clear coverage of the computing curriculum whilst also providing support and CPD in the form of video training to deliver lessons.

Termly units are broken down into a series of lessons, with one unit taught per half-term. Lessons are practical and engaging, encouraging hands-on use of a range of devices. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, Internet and Email, Databases, Communication networks, touch typing, animation and online safety.

Our high-quality teaching follows the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Teachers ensure that technological fluency is also achieved through core and foundation subjects, where appropriate, using ICT resources in the school in a cross-curricular manner.

We have a range of resources to support our computing teaching, including our ICT suite, laptops, beebots and digital cameras. Teachers and pupils are also aware of the importance of health and safety. Pupils are always supervised when using technology and accessing the internet.

Our pupils are fully encouraged to engage with ICT and technology outside of school. Each teacher and pupil has their own unique Mymaths and TimesTableRockstars account to support the maths curriculum. The addition of Seesaw during lockdown has enabled children to take more ownership of their own work through technology and this has increased confidence and independence.

We provide a variety of opportunities for computing learning inside and outside the classroom. Computing and safeguarding go hand in hand and we place a specific focus on internet safety inside and outside of the classroom. In addition to all pupils studying an online safety unit through their computing lessons, every year we also take part in National Safer Internet Day in February. Internet Safety assemblies are also held as well as regular parent internet safety communication to respond to any recent developments such as unsafe apps or unsuitable virals.

ICT Curriculum Impact

At Hale Academy we firmly believe that a meaningful Computing curriculum will support the children becoming confident, tolerant and well-rounded adults in the digital space. Beyond the planned programme for Computing education, the curriculum provides children with a variety of experiences that have the potential to promote their personal, social development and economic education.

As a result, children can approach a range of real-life situations and apply their skills and attributes to help navigate themselves in the modern world. We will endeavour to expose them to a range of global issues and problems, so children can build up tolerance and a sense of responsibility towards being a global citizen. Through engaging with technology at Hale, children can develop appropriate communication skills to become respectful and skillful communicators through digital media.

Subject Progression Map

Subject progression maps can be found here

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