Intent for Computing
Healthy Bodies, Healthy Minds, Healthy Futures.
At Norman Pannell, we believe that Computing is a dynamic and rapidly-changing element of the curriculum; one that promotes digital health, embeds online safety and provides children unique opportunities to explore and discover the wide range of exciting future possibilities.
We aim to inspire children through engaging and exciting lessons, accessing high quality digital technology and expert tuition, enabling them to confidently progress with future studies and modern life in this digital age.
Implementation for Computing
We do the following in order to deliver our curriculum in Computing.
- Each class has a 1 hour computing session each week. This lesson may be in the classroom, the computer suite or using the iPads.
- Use the MGL scheme of work, with bespoke lessons delivered by an MGL specialist teacher for Years 5 & 6.
- In addition, Mr Goodall-Walker from MGL also supports other teachers through 1:1 assistance and whole school CPD
- MGL scheme of work covers all 4 aspects of the National Curriculum (Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy & Computing Beyond The Classroom) and follows a clear progression of skills, from Foundation to KS2.
- Through the year, selected children from different year groups will be invited to attend Computing Club after school on Tuesdays with Mr Goodall-Walker
- Each class has one discrete computing lesson per week, with additional cross curricular opportunities to enhance and embed their learning provided. For example, using iPads to research Topic work, TT Rockstars and other apps to supplement Maths, ICT Suite to word process in literacy, Google Classroom to distribute, evaluate and up-level work.
- Each unit of work is assessed against the progression of skills identified for that unit.
Key documents for implementation:
- Long term plan
- Topic overviews in year groups
- Progression of skills documents
- Curriculum overview
After the implementation of this robust Computing curriculum, children at Norman Pannell will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.
As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.
Online Safety in the Curriculum
Since September 2014, online safety has been part of the National Curriculum:
- At KS1 children should 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.
- At KS2 children should use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.