What do we teach?

At Staveley CE Primary School we deliver the computing National Curriculum objectives through the Teach Computing scheme of learning adapting to suit the hardware in school. Via Teach Computing and our long term plan, computing is organised into three core strands outlined in the National Curriculum: computational thinking, digital literacy and information technology. These three strands are taught through discreet computing lessons but also through cross curricular planning where appropriate. We support the children to fine tune their research and data gathering skills using ICT. Through this approach we aim to give our pupils the critical thinking skills that will enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. An integral element of computing at Staveley CE Primary School is teaching children how to use the internet safely and responsibly both in the school and in the wider community. We aim to achieve this objective through our PSHE lessons and in focused lessons throughout the school year. Through our computing curriculum, we want to ensure every child leaves Staveley CE Primary School with the knowledge, skills and understanding to be a responsible, competent, confident and creative user of information and communication technology for the future.

How is Computing taught?

All classes are taught computing at least once a week discreetly and within other subjects. Computing is mapped out across the curriculum using the Teach Computing scheme of work focusing on the objectives stated in the National Curriculum.

Children in the Early Years have access to a range of devices and resources so that they can explore simple technologies independently and use them in their learning and play. Throughout Key Stage 1, children are taught to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content. In Key Stage 2, children select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplishes given goals.

Children across school are encouraged to use technology where appropriate to support their learning in all subjects and to share their work on Microsoft Teams and on the school network where appropriate.

What is the impact?

Our Computing Curriculum has been structured to demonstrate a progression of knowledge and skills and ensures that children can build on their understanding, as each new concept and skill is taught with opportunities for children to revisit skills and knowledge as they progress through school.

Children become digitally literate and are ready to confidently use technology at home and at school. We believe it is a skill that empowers, and one that all pupils should be aware of and develop competence in. Pupils who can think computationally are better able to create, understand and use computer-based technology, and so are better prepared for today’s world and future, developing a love of technology, using it to support other areas of their life.