Why do we teach Computing at Freeland Primary School?
In an ever changing world it is vital that children understand and use computing skills. Children are being exposed to computing earlier and more frequently and without basic skills they may find their options as adults are reduced. Developing computational thinking in learners can be started from an early age and will help them make sense of and contribute to the society they will live in as adults. Through teaching e-safety, computational thinking and digital literacy we are future proofing children so that they can be safe, competent and engaged digital learners. Pupils use ICT tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ ICT to enable rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of sources. Our vision is for all teachers and learners in our school to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enables them to be confident, creative and independent learners.
How do we teach Computing at Freeland Primary School?
Teaching and Learning
The implementation of the curriculum ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will have experiences of all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.
Freeland uses the national curriculum alongside BareFoot computing which provides resources that support and challenge all learners. The school uses a progression map to ensure that the children are receiving a breadth of knowledge across all strands of computing (online behaviours, computational thinking, data handling and e-safety). The progression map also ensures children are being moved forward in their skills to become competent computer users and develop a mastery of skills within their year group.
What is the impact of our teaching?
Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equip pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Freeland gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.