Computing / ICT
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.” National Curriculum (2014)
At Aylesham Primary School, we understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our school and community. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced opportunities for children to problem solve, make links and develop their metacognitive abilities for themselves by exploring, investigating and making sense of the world around them through colourful, interactive, engaging, enjoyable and challenging lessons. Our vision is for children to mirror the use of technology in society and enjoy the freedom that using Chrome books provide so that they are no longer restrained by the use of a computing suite, but can use technology both inside and outside of the classroom ensuring that Computing becomes an integral part of the curriculum.
Our computing curriculum aims to develop the whole child. Computing teaching at Aylesham Primary has links with mathematics, science and design and technology and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can explore, problem solve, express themselves, and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
In order to ensure deep learning and progress over time, objectives within the computing curriculum are planned sequentially ensuring a balance between the teaching of new concepts and recall and reinforcement of prior learning. Teaching sequences and new learning are built upon prior computing knowledge in order that the children revisit those things learnt before, aiding them to undertake deep learning and develop strong memory. The Computing Curriculum delivery at all levels is designed not to cause cognitive overload allowing children to embed knowledge and become expert learners.
We track progress and attainment, attendance, behaviour and engagement across all areas of the computing curriculum. Through marking and feedback children have a clear understanding of their next steps enabling them to make progress and experience opportunities to deepen their learning. We believe all children have the capacity to achieve, are good at something and deserve a taste of success and that this success should be demonstrated and celebrated within the school and beyond.
By the end of each key stage, pupils are expected to know, apply and understand the matters, skills and processes specified in the relevant programme of study.