Computing Statement of Intent
Raglan want all pupils to enjoy and succeed in computing. We provide a curriculum that supports them to develop and implement their computer science and information technology knowledge and skills, as well as enhance their digital literacy. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall in the day-to-day life of our wider communities.
We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; enhance their cultural capital; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils. We believe that it is vital that children understand how to safely use technology in their lives and have the skills to prevent and effectively solve issues that they may face.
As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and links with Raglan’s assessment system. Furthermore, it provides excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.
We have made the decision to supplement Purple Mash with our own units of learning, which gives the children the opportunity to experience a broader range of technology. This is to ensure that we provide the opportunities to enrich their cultural capital and prepare them for how technology is used in the real world.
In EYFS, we aim to provide our pupils with a broad, play-based experience of Computing in a range of contexts. We believe the following: Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills. This is especially useful for children who have English as an additional language. Early Years learning environments should feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in role play. Pupils gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to access a wide range of technologies, providing the foundations of their computing knowledge and skills.
In KS1 and KS2, computing is taught explicitly through the use of Purple mash units, which provide progression across all strands of the computing curriculum. For example: in KS1, children will learn to Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions and will build on this in KS2. Where they will apply their skills to Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts. Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs. Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs. Progression across the strands can be seen in more detail, in the milestone documents.
Raglan’s computing curriculum builds on prior learning and skills. It is clearly sequenced throughout the phases to ensure progression towards the end points of: units, academic year and key stages. Throughout the curriculum, children can explain their learning and the relevance to their present and future experiences of technology. At Raglan, we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This means equity for children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and SEN statement and non-statemented. We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. Impact is assessed through the monitoring of online journals, learning walks, pupil interviews and teacher assessment at the end of each unit.
Safer Internet Week
Use the link here to see the assembly slides for Safer Internet Week