Computing at Downs View
Computing Vision Statement
Our aim is to provide a happy, caring and secure learning environment in which children can develop the confidence and skills to reach their full potential and become responsible, fulfilled and caring members of society in an ever-changing world. The use of computers will help us to achieve this.
The aims of computing at Downs View Infant School are for every child to:
- be given a challenging, enjoyable, bespoke curriculum which ensures the children are provided with the skills to enable them to make effective use of computing in an ever-changing world.
- ensure children are confident and competent users of technology in a safe and responsible way.
- develop and extend children’s computational skills, understanding and knowledge with reference to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum guidelines.
- enable teachers to teach more efficiently and effectively.
- to respond to new developments in technology.
School Values (Linked to School Plan)
Love – Foster a life-long love for learning of which computing is embedded within.
Learn – To ensure personalised learning, with real life experiences within computing enabling children to reach their full potential.
Respect – Children to show respect for the technology within the school and for their own and other’s online safety (see online safety policy).
Fun – Children to engage in fun and innovative lessons that are personalised to the children to ensure all children’s needs are met.
Computing Long Term Vision – Intent, Implementation, Impact
Intent - We teach a structured sequence of lessons, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology.
Implementation - Each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem-solving. Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning. Our lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges. In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. Children develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Skills learnt through KS1 are used to support data presentation.
Impact - Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.