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Intent
At Old Clee our aim is to provide a high-quality and comprehensive computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. The curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Learners will have the opportunity to gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Our teaching throughout the year groups is progressive and by the time the children leave Old Clee they will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.

 

Implementation
In ensuring high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the school ranging from EYFS to Year 6. We follow a computing scheme called Purple Mash. The skills and knowledge that the children are required to learn, in line with the National Curriculum are built upon year on year to deepen and challenge our learners. For example children are taught computing skills at a basic level then advanced level and finally at a deeper level ensuring progression. We have a computing pod and every classroom is equipped with IPads and laptops 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 cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. At Old Clee computing is taught as part of our spiralised learning scheme. This focuses on the knowledge and skills stated in the National curriculum and 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 which are always revisited as part of the spiralised learning scheme.

 

Impact

We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We want our learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge, digital skills and observing learning. We believe computing at Old Clee gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives, as well as being lifelong learners in the wider world. Half termly Proof of Progress POP tasks have been created which require pupils to undertake an independent activity which tests the combined retrieval of several previously taught continuous concepts and progressive elements.

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