Computing Curriculum Statement
Computing at Trottiscliffe CEP School aims to provide children with the skills and knowledge they will need for the fast growing range of technology around them. Our aim is to encourage confidence towards computing, supporting them to use technology independently, by providing memorable experiences that develop children’s sense of curiosity. As well as developing independence, we also encourage problem solving and teamwork skills, which they will take with them into later life.
At Trottiscliffe CEP School we aim for all children to:
- Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of computing including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
- Analyse computer based problems, with repeated practical experience of writing computer programs, in order to solve these problems.
- Use new or unfamiliar forms of technology, by applying information technology analytically to solve problems and evaluate.
- Be responsible, competent and confident using information and communication technology creatively.
We encourage all children to develop a bank of learning experiences, using a range of technology, which they can use in the future, inside and outside of school. By the time the children leave school they will be equipped with the skills and knowledge required to explore the digital world safely. They will be familiar with a range of applications and have the confidence to understand how computing can be used in everyday life.
Expectations of achieving high standards of computing learning and skills are reinforced in every classroom by all teachers at Trottiscliffe CEP School. This is done by the following:
- Computing is planned and taught in topics that last the length of a term.
- We follow plans from the Kapow Primary, which provide teachers with National Curriculum lesson objectives, key knowledge and vocabulary, and suggested activities to promote computing skills. Each term children are given a knowledge organiser which outlines the key knowledge and information for the current topic. Children are encouraged to refer back to these each lesson to support their learning.
- Teachers ensure lessons are engaging and technology is available to aid the development of computing knowledge and skills.
- Knowledge and skills are built upon each year, from learning from previous years.
- Children are given the chance to use and explore Google Classroom at school and at home, to ensure they are able to use technology to learn when required.
At Trottiscliffe CEP School our computing curriculum is of high quality, well planned out and clearly demonstrates progression. We aim for all children to be keeping up with the curriculum, to make good or better progress. We measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- Book looks (evidence in A.K.A.S books or virtually on Google Classroom).
- Pupil voice.
- Verbal feedback each lesson directly to the pupils.
- Learning walks (looking at the classroom environment).
- Lesson observations.
We believe the computing curriculum at Trottiscliffe CEP School results in engaging, high-quality learning, that provides children with the knowledge and skills for using a wide range of technology and applications. We encourage children to learn through first hand experiences, making lessons practical where possible. By exposing children to a wide range of technology, we hope that all children feel confident using these different types of technology, whether they are in school or at home.