Computing at GEMS

Computing Lead

Miss Gowing

By the end of Key Stage One pupils will demonstrate the following:

  • Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
  • Create and debug simple programs Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs.
  • Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
  • Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
  • Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about content or contact on the internet or other online technologies

 

By the end of Key Stage Two pupils will demonstrate the following:

  • Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output.
  • Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web.
  • Appreciate how search results are selected and ranked.
  • Use search technologies effectively
  • Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
  • Understand the opportunities networks offer for communication and collaboration
  • Be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/ unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

 

 

Non-negotiables

  • Computing is to be taught for one hour per week as a discreet subject. However, other opportunities for cross-curricular computing are encouraged.
  •  Learning is to be recorded in a class book to capture the learning for each lesson.

Curriculum Intent

At Godfrey Ermen, our intention is to prepare our children for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of Computing is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment. As well as being a responsible online citizen.

As a foundation for the teaching, from Year 1, we use Kapow. Kapow focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. We aim to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and develop for the children to create, manage, organise and collaborate.

Learning is recorded in a class book. This may be photographs or screenshots of the children’s learning which are then labelled. Children are also able to annotate this to explain their learning. At the end of each unit a broader curriculum is completed to inform the assessment of their learning and plan next steps.

EYFS: although Computing is not mentioned in the Early Years Foundation stage statutory framework, we provide many opportunities for the children to use technology to solve problems and produce creative outcomes.  

Implementation

Teachers will plan will plan purposeful, enjoyable lessons that allow children to apply learning and remember more about computing. From the intent and subject overview the teachers will use follow the scheme of work on Kapow. If appropriate, Teachers should look for cross-curricular opportunities to promote digital literacy such as producing and presenting a published piece of writing. As a result, children will develop important digital literacy skills such as word processing, typing and being able to save and open saved work. To help children stay safe online, each half term one lesson should be used from the National Online Safety scheme, chosen by teachers in line with the children’s needs. 

Impact

  • Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
  • Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
  • Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.
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