School Target 2020/21 = 96%
We aim to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. At Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School, we understand that it is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies, and for them to use these skills to become responsible, competent, confident and creative participants of an increasingly digital world. Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Through teaching Computing, we aim to equip children to participate in a rapidly-changing world that is controlled and transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable the children to develop the skills necessary to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our Computing curriculum should be relevant to the pupils’ lives and reflect the increase in computing, preparing children for a life where technology surrounds them.
At Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary School, we recognise the fact that the effectiveness of any resource is dependent upon how and why it is being used. We believe that the appropriate use of good quality resources will enhance good teaching. Children have access to a wide range of resources, including class sets of iPads. School follow the Knowsley Scheme of Work to ensure there is a clear progression of skills fully embedded across both key stages. Computing is used to enhance other areas of the curriculum through cross-curricular topics. This could be the use of research as Historians in History, presenting data in Maths and Science or exploring images in Art through digital media.
The implementation of the curriculum 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, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning is built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. The quality of children’s learning is evident on Google Classrooms, a digital platform where pupils can share and evaluate their own work, as well as that of their peers. Evidence such as this is used to feed into teachers’ future planning, where teachers are able to revisit misconceptions and knowledge gaps in computing when teaching other curriculum areas. This supports varied paces of learning and ensures all pupils make good progress. Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equips pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Primary gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.
We will be using the digital goals document below to assess our computing skills. It has three stages (bronze, silver and gold) and has clear targets that the children are to achieve.
Whilst we are all busy at home with our remote learning it would be great if you could look over the digital goals for Google Classrooms with your child and see how many they have achieved so far.