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Becket Primary School

 Computing and ICT

At Becket Primary we believe that ICT is a life skill and an essential resource to support teaching and learning.

During their time at Becket Primary School, pupils will develop the necessary skills to become confident in all strands of Computing.

We aim for our children to become keen problem solvers by exploring the digital world of programming both online and by exploring robotics. We intend to nurture learners who are proficient in using technology safely to create, research, organise, manipulate and store digital content.

Through a range of technologies and opportunities we will develop their skills across the whole curriculum.  Being confident users of ICT is now a life skill and so all children, whatever their needs, will have access to develop their skills within a technology-rich environment. Aspects of Computing can be taught in isolation but we believe that ICT can enhance all curriculum areas, so therefore will be taught through a creative cross curricular approach.

As ICT plays an important role in the everyday lives of the children and the wider community, we believe that it is important to equip our young people with the skills to access lifelong learning and future success in the next Key Stage and beyond.

Curriculum Implementation

Computing is a foundation subject taught under the Understanding Science and Technology area of learning. It is a subject that is both taught discretely and woven into the wider curriculum.

How ICT/Computing taught at Becket

Computing is taught following a skills based approach and objectives are taken from the Focus Education Skills Curriculum 2014. The skills are separated into categories depending on Key Stage. By the end of both Key Stages children will have been taught skills relating to Algorithms, Data Retrieving and Organising and Communicating, however by the end of Key Stage 2 children will also have been taught skills in the additional categories of Using the Internet, Databases and Presentation.  This ensures that the skills taught in a sequential way allowing children to build upon skills previously taught within each category.

At Becket Primary we have a flexible approach to timetabling discrete lessons necessary for children to be taught specific skills to then enhance learning in the wider curriculum.  Children who are working at Greater Depth within this subject are encouraged to take up the Challenging Objectives from the Focus Education Skills Curriculum 2014. Children who need extra support are supported as per the class policy for the individual child. 

Non-negotiables

Each Year group has an ICT/Computing folder that contains all the resources that the school has to support the curriculum. As a school we have invested in the online resource Purple Mash and it is expected that all year groups access Purple Mash to help teach and support the computing curriculum. Within the Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 children will make use of hardware such as cameras, ipads, laptops and remote controlled devices and Beebots. In Key Stage 2 children will be advancing to using programmable hardware such as the Eddison and Dash robots.

Assessment

Computing is assessed formatively and next steps will be given to children to advance their learning within the lesson. A comment will be made on the end of year report about the level of learning the child has achieved that year.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Children in Year 6 are encouraged to join a Computing Master Class at Landau Forte.