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Computing

Intent

At Wanstead Church School, our Computing curriculum is designed to inspire every child to become a digital creator and a coder and to use their light to change the world for the better.

 

We develop Wisdom, Compassion and Strength in our Computing curriculum:

 

Wisdom: Our Computing curriculum celebrates the children’s enthusiasm for technology and encourages children to become life-long learners of computational thinking, with a focus on information technology, digital literacy, computer science and online safety.

 

Compassion: Our Computing curriculum ensures that our children have a compassionate and considerate approach to leaving their digital footprint on the world. Every child is taught to use technology responsibly and carefully, being mindful of how their behaviour, words and actions can affect others. Our children learn to be responsible, confident and creative citizens who can change the world for the better.

 

Strength: Our Computing curriculum encourages children to be creative thinkers who can solve problems using deep links with Maths, Science and Design and Technology to shine their light in our school, in our homes, in our community and in the wider world.

 

Implementation

At Wanstead Church School, we implement a curriculum that is progressive and delivered to a high standard. Our curriculum is designed with the needs of the children and school in mind, and in line with the National Curriculum requirements for KS1 and KS2. Our Computing curriculum is taught by Innovation Pod, a specialist teaching company that also provides bi-weekly Coding Clubs for our children.

 

Every child from Year 1 to Year 6 is given the opportunity to become a digital creator and coder within their weekly lesson. In addition to this, teachers ensure that Computing knowledge and skills are applied in core and foundation subjects using a variety of resources.

 

We have a growing range of resources to support out Computing teaching. Children have access to a whole class set of iPads and a well-equipped, up-to-date computing suite. At Wanstead Church School we provide a variety of opportunities for computing learning inside and outside of the classroom, including un-plugged sessions.

 

Teachers and children are aware of the importance of health and safety, including online safety, when using technology and accessing the internet. Children are always supervised when using equipment and accessing the internet. Online safety learning is refreshed in each lesson, explicitly taught during units and we take part in National Internet Safety Day every February. Children at Wanstead Church School are fully encouraged to engage with technology safely outside of school.

 

At Wanstead Church School we actively encourage parent partnership within the Computing curriculum and outside of school. Parents are made aware of e-safety issues through the school website, Twitter page, newsletters, and parent workshops.

 

Impact

Our Computing Curriculum is high quality, well thought-out and is planned to demonstrate progression and build on and embed current skills. We focus on progression of knowledge and skills in the different computational components and discreet vocabulary progression also form part of the units of work.

 

We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:

 

  • Child discussions and interviewing the children about their learning (child voice).
  • Moderation staff meetings with opportunities for dialogue between teachers.
  • Photo evidence and images of the children practical learning.
  • Video analysis through recording of performance in lessons.
  • A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes.
  • Learning walks and reflective staff feedback (teacher voice).
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