Our response to COVID within Computing
Computing is an important and enjoyable area of the curriculum, therefore we have made some adaptions so that it is safe and meaningful during this time.
EYFS pupils continue to have daily opportunities for use of technology through their continuous provision in the classroom.
All pupils from Year 1 to Year 6 will use the computer room for one week per term. This has been put in place to ensure that each COVID-safe bubble can use the computer room without mixing with any other bubbles. The computer equipment is then cleaned and quarantined for 72 hours before the next bubble enters the room. We still ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum are fully met. iPads continue to be used across school and again, are cleaned and quarantined for 72 hours between uses.
During the times when children are not in the computer room, they will complete iPad based computing lessons or ‘unplugged’ activities where technology is not required.
Teachers use Chadsmead’s progression of skills documents to ensure lessons across years build on previous knowledge and show progression.
Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Teaching of computing at Chadsmead aims to prepare children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Computing within our school can therefore provide a wealth of learning opportunities and transferrable skills explicitly within the Computing lesson and across other curriculum subjects.
Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. In addition to the use of technology, we ensure that our children have a sound knowledge of staying safe online. This knowledge begins in the Early Years Foundation Stage, progressing right through to Year 6 where it has become embedded.
At Chadsmead, computing is taught using a blocked curriculum approach. This ensures that our children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Teachers use the ‘Teaching Computing’ curriculum, published by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), when delivering their computing lessons and where possible, they are richly linked to our half termly themes.
The implementation of the curriculum also 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.
In Early Years provision at Chadsmead, our children are exposed to the understanding of internet safety as they explore the world around them and how technology is an everyday part of their learning and understanding of the world. This is achieved through the use of Beebots, remote control cars, wind-up toys, cameras, torches and later in the year the Paint programme on computers.
We have a computing suite, a class set of iPads and each phase has tablets to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons. Employing these cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of online safety. Through assemblies and half termly online safety lessons the children are taught to use technology safely and respectfully and learn what to do when they have any concerns about content or contact on the internet.
After the implementation of this computing curriculum, children at Chadsmead will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but also safely.
In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
· A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
· Pupil discussions about their learning
· Visits to lessons and dialogue with teaching staff