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Intent

At New Park, we want our children to love Computing and aim to prepare them for the significant role that technology plays in our society today. We encourage the children to become independent and resilient learners who have ambitious, limitless goals and grow up wanting to be video game designers, web developers or computer programmers. Our Computing curriculum provides a progression of skills taught through high-quality and rich learning experiences which enable our children to participate effectively and safely in this digital world, and will prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. At the centre of our Computing curriculum, is Computer Science in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. There are deep cross-curricular links with Mathematics, Science and Design Technology, and our SMSC prospectus often feeds into our Computing curriculum. It is our intention to provide an exciting, informative programme including memorable experiences and quality opportunities to ensure that all pupils are digitally literate and prepared to be participants in a digital world.

 

Implementation

In Autumn 2019, a complete audit of the computing curriculum was conducted. On the back of the findings from this audit, the computing curriculum has been carefully designed and the learning opportunities and assessment indicators for each year group have been shaped to ensure key learning, knowledge and skills are embedded, revisited and developed throughout school life. In support of our visions for computing at New Park, we have adopted the 2Simple scheme of learning from Purple Mash. The scheme provides a basis for learning with its individual lessons plans, tailored units, wealth of resources and built in CPD. Computing skills are taught both discretely and through a cross-curricular approach, enhancing all aspects of the curriculum. Computing characteristics such as competence in coding and the ability to collect, organise and manipulate data effectively, underpin all work in Computing and the syllabus provides subject specific vocabulary for staff and pupils. Online safety is paramount and at the forefront of our curriculum. We stress the need for our children to connect with others safely and respectfully, encouraging them to act as moral, decent citizens whilst also being vigilant and ensuring they take all the necessary steps to remain safe online. 

At New Park, we work collaboratively to develop medium term plans which set out key knowledge, vocab and questions, as well as clear links to prior learning and progression of skills. These are used in conjunction with the 2Simple programme to inform weekly planning and provide engaging activities. We ensure sufficient time is allocated and encourage staff to teach a weekly computing lesson. We believe that by designing our curriculum this way, we will improve the potential for our children to retain what they have been taught, build upon this and improve the rates at which they progress. Our Computing area alongside a substantial amount of iPads and laptops enables computing to be taught seamlessly and to the highest standard.

 

Impact

Our high quality and well-planned curriculum ensures that children make progress throughout their school life and are well prepared for the digital world beyond school. We enable our children to be confident in using a range of hardware and software and ensure they can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science. They are also able to use problem solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation skills they have learnt and apply these to the wider world.

At New Park, we use formative and summative assessments to monitor learning throughout our Computing curriculum. The assessment milestones for each year group are carefully mapped out and knowledge organisers are provided for each unit of learning. This ensures skills in Computing are progressive and build year on year. Assessment information is collected regularly and analysed by our computing coordinator as part of our monitoring cycle. This process provides an accurate and broad understanding of the quality of education in computing. Monitoring in computing includes: lesson observations, work sampling, pupil/parent and or/staff voice. All information obtained is reviewed and used to inform further development and provision is adapted as a result.

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