Computing

Statement of Intent

At Heddington Primary School, we understand the immense value technology plays in supporting the 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 believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.

Our aim is for all our pupils to develop their computational thinking skills and creativity. At the core of the Computing curriculum lies computer science. Our children are able to build on their knowledge using information technology skills and by becoming computer literate. The use of Purple Mash across the school underpins the curriculum needs for all of these areas.

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 Implement

Please click here to access our computing programme

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 Martin.