At Hunnyhill, our aim is to develop confidence in and excitement about technology. We want all pupils to be able to gain a broad subject knowledge and develop a wide range of skills which will stand as a firm foundation for future learning and their experiences in adult life and the world of work. Children are actively encouraged to investigate problems and ‘tinker’ with technology. Through this, we hope to develop curiosity and creativity in the subject.
To achieve this, throughout their time in school pupils will access a growing range of devices and software. In our Early Years setting, pupils have opportunities to access various forms of technology, mostly through exploring and play. This helps them to achieve the Early Learning Goal for Technology. As the children move into Key Stage 1, they access technology in a more formal setting and are introduced to more structured uses for software. This continues into lower and then upper Key Stage 2, where pupils are knowledge is broadened and their skills refined so that they are able to carry out more complex procedures and use technology affectively to suit very particular requirements.
Through thorough planning across each year group, as pupils move through school and their learning journey, they will build upon skills and knowledge that will equip them to best deal with the digital world they live in.
We firmly believe that all children are able to achieve their very best. We aim to inspire and excite, whilst ensuring children enjoy what they do – this will encourage engagement in the learning process, something that will stay with them as they grow.
Computing is currently delivered across school by Mr. Gallop and each class has one timetabled slot per week in our computing suite. These sessions follow thorough planning adapted from Purple Mash and encompass, not only their own online tools and resources, but coverage of a range of software identified to support learning.
Along with the use of desktop computers in our computing suite, pupils have access to tablets and the apps available to them cover a wide range of curriculum subject areas – cross-curricular use is encouraged. Furthermore, we have a range of other resources – such as programmable robot mice and LEGO We Do kits – again, we encourage cross-curricular use of these.
Looking at the long term overview for computing, there is clear progression in knowledge and skills across each year group. Each year, pupils will revisit key aspects of the curriculum and build on the previous expectations, broadening their knowledge and extending their skills set.
Focusing on the online safety element, as well as following this in computing sessions, this has become a key part of SMSC plans. The strands of online safety that need to be taught to each year group are now carefully planned across each term to tie-in with PSHE coverage – this ensures coverage, not just in the computing suite, but reinforced teaching in class.
Assessment in computing is carried out through the Purple Mash online tool at present. Even if not teaching the subject, this allows teaching staff to easily view the progress being made by pupils, identify at which level they are working at and also identify gaps in learning across each of the three key areas of computing.
ICT Progression Map