At Eaton, we believe that computational thinking is vital in helping children to solve problems and one that all pupils should develop competence in, in order to be prepared for today’s rapidly changing world and future. We want all children to be digitally literate, being able to use and develop their ideas through information and communication technology at a level suitable for a future workplace and so that they are prepared to be active participants in a digital world.
Computing is an integral part of the national curriculum. At Eaton, we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively. In KS1 children have access to iPads, on a daily basis. In KS2, children each have a touch screen laptop each and are used through a range of subjects.
Planning: The long-term plan for computing is progressive in terms of both knowledge and skills. The key areas are built upon and expanded each year in accordance with the growing knowledge of the children.
Breadth and depth:
By making our curriculum progressive, our children are better prepared to remember and build upon learning from previous topics, years and key stages.
Wherever possible, opportunities for the use of computers are incorporated into all subject areas, allowing children to consolidate learning and to use it in real contexts. As a digital learning school, we incorporate additional websites such as Eduu school, inspire education and Britannica Online.
Assessment: Subject Leaders monitor the progress of computing through work scrutiny, pupil voice and work displayed . Next steps for the subject then are identified.
Pupils are taught to understand and use correct computational vocabulary based on the objectives, skills and areas being taught.
Through our teaching and learning of computing children will become creative, logical thinkers, who analyse problems in computational terms. They will appreciate the relevance of digital literacy in our society and see it as an essential tool for learning, communication and finding information. As children's confidence grows they will be able to make informed and discerning choices about their use of information technology and most importantly know how to keep themselves safe when using all forms of technology.
*Please see year group planning for details.