At Twiss Green the children learn the skills, knowledge and understanding of computing to ensure they learn the fundamental skills to be able to adapt and remain safe in a continuously developing digital world.
Aims of the Computing Curriculum
At Twiss Green teachers use the 2016 national curriculum for computing. In early years the curriculum is guided by the Development Matters Curriculum. We believe every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day to day life of our school and most importantly the futures of our children.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils, easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.
To provide a purposeful, rich, exciting and challenging Computing curriculum and creative, cross-curricular approaches to develop essential computing skills and knowledge.
Enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
Give children access to a variety of high quality hardware, software and unplugged resources.
To promote an attitude of learning centred on enquiry and engagement and instill critical thinking, reflective learning and a ‘can do’ attitude for all of our pupils, particularly when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
Teach pupils to understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
To promote self-care and wellbeing by deepening understanding of online safety and appropriate use of technology by equipping pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves and others.
To provide technology solutions for forging better home and school links.
To exceed the minimum government recommended/statutory guidance for programmes of study for computing and other related legislative guidance (online safety).
We aim for the children to know more, remember more and understand more about Computing.
- All staff are responsible or overseeing the planning and delivery of Computing within their own classes. Delivery will take place both discretely and as part of cross-curricular themed work.
- Staff will follow the guidance set our in the e-safety policy and actively promote online safety routinely.
- All staff are responsible for checking the functionality of hardware and software in order for lessons to be effectively resourced and to report technical/resource issues to the IT technician and/or subject coordinator.
- Teachers will deliver the Twiss Green curriculum, developed through the use of the Purple Mas scheme, to ensure coverage and progression required in the National Curriculum.
- Children will have opportunities to learn individually, in groups and as a whole class.
- Teachers are responsible for assessing the children’s acquisition of skills and their understanding of Computing in line with the assessment policy and planning learning activities accordingly.
Monitoring standards of teaching and learning within Computing is the primary responsibility of the Computing Leader. All teachers are expected to keep an online portfolio or track children’s work using Purple Mash. This portfolio must contain work samples from all areas of the curriculum taught for the year group. Details of monitoring and evaluation schedules can be found in the Computing Action Plan and School Monitoring Schedule.