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Intent for Computing:

At Oakfield Primary School it is our intention to enable our pupils to explore, analyse, exchange and present information; preparing them for the ever-changing digital world.  Our ‘Progression of knowledge and skills in Computing’ document supports the teaching of Computing and helps pupils develop progressive skills in digital literacy across five strands; basic computer skills including, e-safety, word processing, data, graphics and videos, and coding.  Computer skills are a major factor in enabling pupils to be confident, creative and independent learners across the curriculum. 

 

Computing is at the core of every profession, with well-established links to Mathematics, Science and Design Technology.  Our Computing curriculum is delivered through a range of discreet and cross-curricular lesson. The strands are re-visited and expanded upon as pupils progress through the school so that they can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of Computer Science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.  

 

We want pupils to leave Oakfield as responsible, competent, confident and creative learners and users of digital technology in the worldwide online community

Implementation:

At Oakfield Primary School our Reception pupils follow the curriculum as laid down for the Early Years Foundation Stage framework whilst our Curriculum Maps provide an overview of modules of work taught in each year group across Key Stages 1 and 2.

 

To assist in planning for the delivery of Computing skills, our ‘Progression of knowledge and skills in Computing’ document outlines what pupils will be taught in each year group. This enables teachers to sequence the learning and ensures that there is continuity and progression in the learning objectives for teaching, learning and assessment in Computing.

 

Computing resources include, but are not limited to: the computer-room with stand-alone desktop PC computers, laptops, iPads, data logging equipment, easi-speak recorders and ‘beebot’ roamers. 

 

Each classroom is equipped with an interactive whiteboard or Smart-touch HD television and have access to the laptop trolley enables pupils to access the Computing network from anywhere within the school.

 

eSafety is taught both explicitly and as an embedded theme within any lesson. Mitigating the risks of online contact and inappropriate content are an important part of protecting pupils and enabling them to keep themselves safe.  Pupils also need to learn appropriate conduct on the internet and when using electronic messaging.

We aim to develop Computing as a key skill and activities will be planned that focus on the development of Computing capability in its own right.  This time is required for teaching Computing knowledge, skills and understanding and for practising and consolidating them through the whole curriculum. Activities should be set in appropriate contexts, many of which will relate to work in other curriculum subjects. Teachers will also identify, within their planning, where Computing is being used in other curriculum subjects.

We believe that the pupils of today are the innovators of tomorrow. 

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