‘Leaders take on or construct a curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners, particularly the most disadvantaged and those with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) or high needs, the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life’
Through our computing curriculum at Outwoods Primary School we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing.
We want children to become safe autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.
Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
- Our Computing session at Outwoods are adapted from the ‘Teach Computing’ Curriculum, which covers all aspects of the National Curriculum.
- This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. It provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks called learning graphs.
- This scheme allows us to ensure we teach Internet Safety well and that keeping children safe online is paramount.
- The scheme provides children with the key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed.
- We ensure the use of technology is used across a range of subjects and this gives children the opportunity to apply a variety of skills learnt in Computing lessons.
- Our children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), and information technology (using computer systems to store) by the time they leave our school
- Staff are focused on developing their computing knowledge and imparting this to the children within real life contexts and providing opportunities to enter into computing discussion.
- We encourage learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well being.
- The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum, particularly through the use of pupil voice. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through SeeSaw and observing learning regularly.
- Children at Outwoods present as competent and adaptable ‘Computational Thinkers’ who are able to use identified concepts and approaches in all areas of their learning.