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Computing Intent


Thomas Harding Junior School deliver a high-quality computing education which allows pupils to 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. We are dedicated to provide all pupils with skills and knowledge that empower pupils to use computational thinking and creativity. 

 

Our aim is to equip pupils to be:

  • Digital citizens – who are safe and responsible
  • Digital investigators – who can develop ideas, making links with different aspects of their learning
  • Digital communicators – who are digitally literate and can collaborate and share their work with others
  • Digital creators – who are logical and creative.

 

The curriculum is broken down into 5 different categories: E-Safety, Programming, Multimedia, Technology in Our Lives and Data Handling. Skills and knowledge are built upon each year and pupils are given opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills in different subjects, deepening learning. Using a variety of IT facilities, pupils are able to develop their skills in engaging ways across the curriculum.

 

 

 

 

 

Implementation

  • Tailored Computing Scheme of Work to the children of Thomas Harding– broad and balanced sequence of progressive lessons.
  • Pupils are taught to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. Key vocabulary is taught to aid learning.
  • Pupils analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. Providing spaced repetition will alter the long term memory making learning sticky.
  • Pupils are taught how to be safe online and how to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. Computing/PSHE E Safety lessons, CyberBusters, themed days will embed the fundamentals of E Safety in pupils and a culture of being of responsible.
  • Opportunities for cross-curricular links to make learning transferrable.
  • Language and oracy which are a school focus, are embedded in Computing through digital literacy.
  • Year group Tic Tac Toe Homework tasks, ESafety themed homework tasks set by the CyberBusters.
  • All pupils can access lesson and all pupils are challenged for their level of ability through appropriate scaffolding and extension challenges.

 

Impact

  • Children develop skills and knowledge of how to become responsible digital citizens, effective digital communicators and digital creators who think logically and creatively.
  • Learning has transferred to long term memory; children have memorable experiences and lessons.
  • Termly assessments recorded on Target Tracker. Majority of children reaching age expected with many exceeding and working at a greater depth.
  • Monitoring through learning walks, assemblies, planning scrutiny, work scrutiny and pupil interviews.
  • There is a love for using ICT effectively.
  • STEM experiences and cross-curricular links build both cultural capital and support reading skills.
  • Increase in learning resilience – problem solving when debugging programs.
  • Children are aspired and are constantly creating digital content safely.

 

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