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Subject Expectations: Computing          

Subject Lead:  Mr R Blackwood

How often and when is the subject taught?                                                                               

Every class, from Reception to Year 6, have a timetabled Computing session once a week. Nursery have access to controllable toys (Bee-Bots) and iPads when needed.

Who teaches the subject?

Class teachers deliver the teaching of the Computing Curriculum.

How is the subject recorded? (Which book? Photographs? How is it evidenced?)

Computing evidence is gathered in a variety of ways:

  • Individual pupil work is stored in Pupil Data (a folder on the school system).
  • Photographic evidence of practical work is stored in iPad Data.
  • Depending on the unit of work, evidence is printed and presented in class Computing evidence folders.
  • Examples of pupil work is kept in a Subject Lead Portfolio and displayed around school

How is the subject taught?

  • Planned progressive, skill-based lessons that cover the key skills set out in the long and medium term planning for their year group.
  • Learning Objectives to be addressed and developed and success criteria, to be shared with the children at the beginning and reviewed at the end of every lesson.
  • Differentiated lessons which meet the needs of all pupils within the class.
  • Opportunities for children to work both collaboratively and independently.
  • Opportunities for children to evaluate their own work and that of other pupils through self and peer-assessment.
  • Assessment for learning based on observations, key questioning and discussion, used to inform lesson planning and used to evaluate attainment at the end of each unit of work;
  • Computing skills used to support, use alongside and feed into other areas of the curriculum.

How is the subject assessed/marked?

  • Teachers assess against the Learning Objectives specified on our whole school Computing curriculum map
  • At the end of each unit of work, teachers assess pupils attainment, identifying pupils Working Towards ARE, Working at ARE and Working at Greater Depth. Marking adheres to the school’s marking policy.
  • Assessment for learning based on observations, key questioning and discussion, used to inform lesson planning and evaluate attainment at the end of each unit.
  • Accurate and regular assessments of individual attainment, which are used to shape future learning.
  • Opportunities for children to evaluate their own work and that of other pupils through self and peer-assessment.

How is the subject planned for? (Short/Medium/Long term planning)

  • Long term planning is in place across the school to ensure the coverage of the National Curriculum, and to ensure progression in the key skills.
  • Medium term planning contains progressive, skill-based Computing lessons that cover the key skills for their year group.
  • All planning available on the SharePoint for planning scrutinies.

How is work for the subject displayed?

  • Computing work is displayed in the ICT suite on the Computing whole school progression display boards.
  • E-Safety displays can be seen in many classrooms.
  • Photographic evidence of displays (across the school) - Subject Leader Folder.

Resourcing (What/Where is it stored?)

  • ICT suite (x30 computers)
  • An iPad trolley (x30) is kept in the ICT suite and booked out for cross-curricular sessions.
  • ICT hardware (headphones) are kept in the Learning Room.
  • EYFS and KS1 store a set of Bee-bots (controllable toys)

Cross Curricular Learning and Current Events Evidence

  • It is the expectation that Computing skills are used to support, use alongside and feed into other areas of the curriculum.
  • ICT skills are used to present work to a high standard across the curriculum.
  • ICT used in lessons is evident in pupil books (across on the curriculum) and photographic evidence stored on iPad/Pupil Data on the school system.

Subject specific information

  • The Computing Curriculum is evaluated and amended by staff annually to ensure we provide our children with a rich, enagaging curriculum.
  • Through pupil conferencing, it has been identified that our pupils thoroughly enjoy ICT sessions, and they really like it when ICT is used across the curriculum.
  • e-Safety Curriculum - a progressive curriculum is in place to develop and deepen our pupils’ understanding of how to stay safe online. (EYFS- Learn song and rules/ Yrs. 1-6 have a unit of work to complete.)
  • e-Safety is embedded within our Computing Curriculum.
  • An AUP (Acceptable User Policy) is in place and pupils have signed them. These are on display in classrooms.
  • Secure pupil passwords in place for ALL pupils.