St Paul’s C of E Primary School
The school’s aims for computing
Our aim is to produce learners who are confident, discerning and effective users of computers. We strive to achieve this aim by:
• supporting all children in using computing with purpose and enjoyment;
• helping all children to develop the necessary skills to exploit the potential of computing;
• helping all children to evaluate the benefits of computing and its impact on society;
• helping all children to become autonomous users of computing;
• where possible to use computing to support learning across the curriculum.
The curriculum for Computing
Teachers will use their professional judgement to provide learning opportunities suitable to each child’s age, ability and aptitude, whilst ensuring the statutory requirements of the National Curriculum and Early Years Foundation Stage Framework are delivered.
Organisation of Computing Teaching
The format of lessons will vary according to the objectives and activities and may be cross-curricular. In the EYFS there will be opportunities for daily computer activities.
Teaching and Learning Styles
Teachers will employ a range of strategies and use their professional judgement to decide on the most appropriate teaching and learning style for the class, groups of pupils or individual pupils. These may include:
• whole class, group, paired and individual work using computers and non-computer based practical activities;
• use of games to develop computational thinking skills and programming;
• the regular discussion of the process of computation thinking and e-safety;
• guided group work with the teacher or focused support work with a teaching assistant;
• clear demonstrations and explanations of computational thinking, concepts and vocabulary from the teacher and individuals, pairs or groups of children and the use of peer mentoring;
• plenary sessions that address misconceptions raised in the lesson, consolidate learning or celebrate achievement.
There are 32 laptop computers and 32 i-pads for use by pupils and EYFS have 4 laptops. All equipment is supported and maintained by a Computing Teaching Assistant. We also have regular visits from a technician.
Assessment of children’s progress in Computing is carried out in a variety of ways, which may include;
• the regular use of 100% participation techniques to assess within the lesson;
• regular pupil peer and self-evaluation in an age appropriate manner;
• the assessment of children against the relevant expectations set on in the National Curriculum programme of study for Computing.
Safeguarding Children: E-safety
E-safety is taught to all pupils each term guided by the standards set out the in the Cambridgeshire ICT service’s Accreditation of E-safety. We also regularly direct parents to seek advice from http://www.saferinternet.org.uk/ . E-safety is a safeguarding issue and all concerns regarding e-safety should be dealt with according to safeguarding and child protection policy. Staff and pupil permitted use of the Internet is described in our Internet Access policy
Health and safety
Staff and children are aware of the need for health and safety to be kept in mind when using Computers.
All children have equality of access to Computing provision, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, sexual orientation, religion or belief.
St Paul's Primary School Computing Policy