A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Computing builds on the Technology aspect of the Early Learning Goals within the EYFS. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.
Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – are able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable to prepare them for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We want all children to become practical problem solvers who apply invention and resourcefulness to real-world systems and ideas. This combination of principles, practice and invention makes computing an extraordinarily useful and intensely creative subject, suffused with excitement, both visceral (‘it works!’) and intellectual (‘that is so beautiful’). Within Computing at Hill View School we aim to educate, engage and enthuse our pupils.
The teaching of Computing at Hill View School places problem solving at the heart of learning. We use the Kapow computing programme of study combined with other online applications to extend computing learning in other subjects. Each computing unit is planned so that it;
- is engaging and sets a purpose
- links with other curriculum areas
- lessons are practical and provide opportunities for collaborative project work
Evidence of work and assessment evidence of progression in computing is collected in named school files on the server where pupils pick and save work to include and it is shared with their peers to assess and discuss. We believe that when assessing computing, it is important to look for evidence of knowledge of understanding as well as technical skills. Asking pupils to talk about what they have learned as well as showing the work they have completed provides important evidence of learning. We assess through observation of work on tasks, contribution to class discussion and peer discussions.
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