Statement of Intent

At Heddington C of E Primary School, we understand the immense value technology plays in supporting Computing and whole school curriculum, day-to-day life of our school and also the increasing role it plays in our pupils’ lives as they grow older. We aim to deliver a creative and inclusive computing curriculum, encouraging pupils of all ages and abilities to get involved and investigate a range of programs. 

We understand the importance of nurturing an enthusiasm for computing in an increasingly technological world.  By developing confidence in computing, we will help provide our children with essential skills that will be useful in many educational and future career prospects and we hope that they will all develop a love of the subject, using a wide variety of software for recreation too.  We hope that all children become inquisitive and learn just how important computer systems are, understanding how they can stay safe and how they can have a positive digital footprint.   

The subject of computing is constantly developing; we therefore encourage the children to explore the possibilities provided by the computer programs and aim to instil a positive mindset to resolving possible problems by teaching the importance of coding, testing and debugging.  We want the children to develop a curiosity to explore new technology and software, becoming proficient in a range of skills which will support them as new technologies emerge. 

The experiences children have in computing are entwined with aspects of our school values including perseverance. Children will be encouraged to have an enquiring approach to their learning in computing. This will provide opportunity for wonder as they discover the opportunity and capabilities of computers and computer systems. Use of computer systems will also enable children to develop knowledge across the curriculum including communication with the wider world. Children will be taught how to stay safe while developing aspects of respect, trust and truthfulness. 

What do we want Children to Gain from Computing?

We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.  Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology, but through our computing lessons, we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills.  We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.

How we Assess Impact

Our computing knowledge and skills trackers are used by the children and teacher assess the knowledge and skills learnt in each unit and identify areas in which they are developing, as well as identify any next steps. The trackers also inform future planning to ensure units are challenging, engaging and meeting the learning needs of the children.

The computing co-ordinator has time to assess and review learning across the school by talking to pupils, reviewing their work and observing lessons.

Our Computing co-ordinator is Mr Andrews.

Supporting Parents & Carers with Computing