COMPUTING

At Abbey Meads, we believe that all children should become computer and information technology literate by the end of their time in primary school. To achieve this the children will have a range of computing experiences, including a wide range of programs and physical technology (such as BeeBots and ProBots), through dedicated lessons and through cross curricular opportunities. We also want the children to be aware of the benefits of using computing in everyday life and how to ensure they stay safe and healthy.

 

Abbey Meads has up-to-date technologies in order to ensure standards of attainment across the school will exceed that expected nationally. Each classroom has an interactive panel, with iPads and laptops available for the children and staff to use across the curriculum. Internet safety features in the ICT and PSHE curriculum and ensures children know how to keep themselves safe online.

We follow the DfE statutory guidance for computing. Computing is used across the curriculum, forming strong links with Mathematics, English, Science and topic work. Children are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.

Our aims when using and teaching the computing curriculum are that all children:

  • Become computer literate and understand how to keep themselves safe

  • Enjoy learning through interactive lessons

  • Experience other subject areas enhanced through the use of computing

  • Challenge themselves to achieve their best in each application

  • Develop practical computing skills in order to use external peripherals

  • Understand the capabilities and limitations of computing

 

​Our aims when delivering the computing curriculum are that all teachers:

  • Use computing confidently with children

  • Enhance children’s learning by making appropriate links to different curriculum areas

  • Use computing to raise standards in pupil attainment

  • Use computing to support and enhance planning, preparation and assessment

  • Are resourced and skilled in the delivery of pre-recorded lessons remotely as needed

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Pupil Experiences of Computing
Computing has its own programme of study and attainment level descriptions. Throughout Foundation Stage, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two, there are 3 main areas of study for computing. These cover the fundamental skills, knowledge, ideas, concepts and attitudes of the computing curriculum. They are:

  • Computer Science

  • Information technology

  • Digital Literacy/ E Safety

 

Pupils’ experiences of computing at Abbey Meads Community Primary School will enable them to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding, both through the work set out by the computing programme of study and more importantly through work related to other areas of the curriculum. At Abbey Meads Community Primary School, we know that children need time to familiarise themselves with computers/digital devices and the process of inputting information. At the introduction to each new program, staff give pupils opportunities to develop their understanding of the software/hardware in order to enhance the effectiveness of their recorded thoughts and ideas.

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The National Curriculum Aims for Computing:

  • Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science and develop positive attitudes to the use of Computing

  • Children can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems

  • Children can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems

  • Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology

Some aspects of Computing will be taught discreetly and other elements of the wider ICT curriculum will be taught alongside other curriculum areas, as a part of topic work.

There is ICT support available from computing leads across the MAT for both the curriculum delivery and technical support.

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