The main aim of the Computing curriculum at South Kilvington Primary School is to equip every child in school with a set of skills to help them use technology in an effective way. These skills include:
Computing is taught once a week in school. The current teaching groups are usually in mixed ability of KS1 and KS2. This is to ensure that each year groups learning needs are considered and addressed through differentiated activities in accordance with the South Kilvington Computing Progression Document and National Curriculum. Where appropriate teachers seek to make cross curricular links to other subjects, including but not exclusive to: English, Science, History and Geography. Each term our Computing lessons take a look at one of three strands:
Online and physical safety are important parts of implementing the computing curriculum in school. Pupils are taught the correct use of ICT equipment as well as the importance of maintaining and respecting this equipment. Class Teachers and Teaching Assistants will check equipment regularly and report any damage, taking defective equipment out of action. All equipment is regularly PAT tested and any problems are swiftly dealt with. All fixed electrical appliances in School are tested by a LA contractor every five years and all portable electrical equipment in School is tested by an external contractor every twelve months. Staff are advised not to bring their own electrical equipment into School but if this is necessary, then the equipment must be PAT tested before being used in School. This also applies to any equipment brought into School by, for example, people running workshops, activities, etc. and it is the responsibility of the member of staff organising the workshop, etc. to advise those people. All staff should visually check electrical equipment before they use it and take any damaged equipment out of use. Damaged equipment should then be reported to the Subject Leader or Head teacher who will arrange for repair or disposal. Children should not put plugs into sockets or switch the sockets on. Trailing leads should be made safe behind the equipment. Liquids must not be taken near the computers. Magnets must be kept away from all equipment.
In order to ensure that everyone in the school has an equal opportunity to access the computing curriculum certain steps have to be taken to ensure everyone has equal provision. This is done in several ways:
All pupils and parents will be aware of the School Rules for Responsible Use of ICT and Computing and the Internet and will understand the consequence of any misuse. The agreed Rules for Safe and Responsible Use of ICT and Computing and the Internet will be displayed in all ICT and computing areas.
Teachers may make use of a wide variety of different resources to teach different areas of the Computing curriculum.
Teachers assess children’s work in ICT by making informal judgements as they observe them during lessons. On completion of a piece of work, the teacher marks it and comments where necessary. At the end of a unit of work s/he makes a summary judgement about the work of each pupil in relation to the National Curriculum sub levels of attainment, and records these attainment grades. We use this as the basis for assessing the progress of the children and to pass information on to the next teacher at the end of the year. Termly summative teacher assessments are recorded on the school pupil tracking system (OTrack). The Computing Leader analyses data to identify any children at risk of not making expected progress and arranges appropriate support for these children. Children’s attainment and progress is discussed at parents evening. The Computing Leader produces an annual report for governors reflecting on developments in computing teaching and learning throughout the year.
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