Computing

Intent, Implementation and Impact

Intent

Through teaching computing at Otterburn Primary School we aim to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.  Staff will enable pupils to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information.  Computing is embedded across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.

Implementation

At Otterburn Primary School, we follow a comprehensive progression document from MrPICT.com that allows staff to follow, embed and cover every element of the computing curriculum. The knowledge/skills statements build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners. We use computing lesson time to teach the skills and knowledge required from the information technology and computer science parts of the curriculum. Our broad and balanced curriculum is also  covered by embedding the digital literacy, word processing/typing and video creation into other subjects.

We take internet safety extremely seriously. We have an E-Safety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology.

Impact

After the implementation of this exciting and current computing curriculum, children at Otterburn Primary School will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit and enjoyment, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want for our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. As children become more confident in their abilities in computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.