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Aims

 

The school believes that computing: 

 

• Gives students immediate access to a rich source of materials

• Can present information in new ways which help pupils understand, assimilate and use it more readily

• Can motivate and enthuse pupils

• Can help children focus and concentrate

• Offers potential for effective group working

• Has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each student aims 

 

The school’s aims are to:

 

• Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for computing for all children

• Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for computing

• Use computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum

• To respond to new developments in technology

• The school believes that progress in computing is promoted through regular access and use of technology relevant to a task.

• The predominant mode of working in computing is as individuals or in small groups

• Practice of skills will occur discretely while using computing to support work across the curriculum

• Use computing to bring families into the learning process, primarily via the VLE (Frog) and the school website.

 

 

Curriculum Coverage and Progression: 

 

At Broughton Junior School we have a long-term plan that demonstrates the coverage and progression of the key objectives for Computing. We use the ‘Switched On’ Computing Scheme, developed in conjunction with Rising Stars and Espresso Coding. The long term plans details these units and the national curriculum objectives covered. We also have a separate long-term plan that details the coverage of e-safety education. The long-term plan and medium term unit plans also show clear cross-curricular links. The medium term plans also provide differentiated tasks for children, show the levels of progression expected as well as how the subject links to spiritual, moral, social and cultural issues. All classes are timetabled in the ICT suite for at least 1 hour a week, with opportunities for extra time available. Staff are encouraged to book in extra sessions for cross-curricular work in Numeracy and Literacy.  Excellence in computing is celebrated on the school website and in displays around the school, especially in the ICT suite, of text, pictures, graphs and charts produced by pupils using computers.  Planning for the use of cross-curricular computing is a process in which all teachers are involved, wherein computing activities which take into account the breadth of study and knowledge, skills and understanding pupils should acquire and the software they should become familiar with are integrated into the whole curriculum. Subject coordinators, supported by the computing coordinator where appropriate, are responsible for identifying needs and opportunities for the use of computing within their subject area.  

Whole School plan for Computing

Year Group

Autumn A

Autumn B

Spring A

Spring B

Summer A

Summer B

Year 3

Introduction to computers

Espresso Coding

Introduction to Frog

Desktop Publishing/MS Publisher

‘Getting up’ introduction to simple algorithms

Introduction to power point

Year 4

Espresso Coding

Espresso Coding

Toy Designers (Scratch)

Web research/

Powerpoint

Design a logo

Class comic – Plasq software

Year 5

Espresso Coding

Movie Animation

Internet research

3D Modelling

Spread sheets

Espresso Coding

Year 6

Espresso Coding

Web research

Animation

Using Spreadsheets

Powerpoints

Class website v Prezi

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