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Computing is a fundamental part of our teaching and learning at Ropery Walk. To keep in line with the rapid changes in technology, we take the views of staff, parents and pupils regularly in the form of questionnaires, letters and events. This feedback is used to help us adapt Computing according to the needs of our children.
“ A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” DFE
In order to ensure our children are equipped for the digital world, we follow a tailor made curriculum that has been informed by the local authority. We teach computing both discretely as a subject, and through other subjects, as it is an embedded set of skills we encourage the children to develop throughout all of their learning. Each class have termly computing learning objectives that they teach discretely during computing lessons that covers the 3 key areas; computer science, digital literacy and ICT. As this is a spiral curriculum, the skills and requirements from the children increase throughout the year, to ensure progression.
|Key Stage 1 Curriculum Aims||Key Stage 2 Curriculum Aims|
|Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions||Design, write, and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts|
|Create and debug simple programs||Use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output|
|Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs||Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work, and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs|
|Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private; recognise common uses of information technology beyond school||Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world wide web; and the opportunities they offer for creative communication and collaboration|
|Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content||Use search technologies effectively, appreciate how results are selected and ranked and be discerning in evaluating digital content|
|Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; know where to go to for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet||Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting information, communicating and collaborating effectively|
|Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school||Use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; know a range of ways to report concerns and inappropriate behaviour|
More information about the skills taught can be found here.
iPads at Ropery Walk
At Ropery Walk we understand that technology is now a part of every day life for our children. This is reflected in the school curriculum, where each child has been allocated an I-Pad in key stage 2, and children have access to shared I-Pads in key stage 1. As well as stand alone lessons, computing takes a cross-curricular approach at Ropery Walk as the children use a variety of apps to support their learning across subjects.
We have recently introduced the children to Timestable Rockstars, which is a times table app on the I-Pads. Across school, as part of their daily maths lesson the children complete rapid recall of times table facts.
The I-Pads also provide us with a brilliant platform to support our children with additional needs. For example, through programmes such as Lexia children can receive daily reading intervention to support accelerated progress.