Through our computing curriculum at Denton West End Primary School, we aim to give our pupils the life skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology, but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
At Denton West End Primary School, computing is taught both in a cross-curricular manner and through discreet computing lessons. Having discreet lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum. In computing lessons and in other subjects across the curriculum, the children will use either the iPads or the computer suite in order to access a range of apps and software. Children also have access to a range of other technologies including Code-a-pillars, Bee Bots and Lego WeDo. Discreet computing lessons will focus on the curriculum skills of information technology, digital literacy and computer science. Children’s progress will be assessed using the end of Key Stage assessment sheets. Children will be given feedback and ways to improve their work verbally.
We use the Teach Computing scheme of work from the National Centre for Computing Education.