Nook Lane Junior School Subject Overviews - Computing

Vision

At Nook Lane Junior School, our aim is to teach and equip the children with the skills they need to meet to the demands of an ever-changing digital world. We want our children to become creators not just consumers. It is now very much a pivotal part of their world that we should equip them with all the skills to take full advantage of the technology at their disposal. A progressive, enjoyable curriculum provides relevance to their current interests whilst also an awareness of how technology is applied in the wider world.

Children are taught the fundamental computational skills of programming, including the writing of algorithms, decomposing problems, and debugging errors to achieve their objectives. We will strive to give them a varied diet of programming software in which they can apply these skills and encourage them to reflect on the school’s core values of perseverance and resilience when solving programming challenges. Our aim is to engage the children in the latest technologies and provide experiences which link to real life applications including the controlling physical devices.

It is our intention the children should be mindful of their own well-being when using social media and how to be safe when using digital technology. They will develop an understanding of what is acceptable and unacceptable behaviour online and how to report their concerns. We will encourage a participation in the wider community and demonstrate how, through network technologies, this can bring communities closer together. There is always a choice when using technology and it is our intent to educate our pupils on how to use technology positively.

Intent

At Nook Lane Junior School, we aspire to help children develop as designers, building progressively each year on the following Computing key intentions:

C1  Key Skills
To help ensure that all pupils are equipped with the basic ICT skills including entering information, saving and retrieving their work, and the acceptable behaviour when using the technology available to them. They develop an understanding of how computers are connected and networked together both locally and globally. They are able to effectively search for information on the World Wide Web.
C2  Communicating Text, images and media
Children use a range of software to combine text and images, with the aim of communicating information effectively.
C3  Understanding and sharing data
Children become confident when handling data and how to present it in order to convey information. This can be simple numerical data displayed in a pictogram, or a combination of data in a database They should also be confident to combine content, created in different applications, and be able analyse and present data.
C4  Programming and computational thinking
Children gain fundamental computing skills through a variety of programming languages. They use a range of computing strategies including tinkering, adapting and predicting the outcomes of a given program. They are able to write progressively complex algorithms, decompose challenging problems, identify, and debug deeper errors.
C5  Online safety and digital literacy
Children will develop an understanding of how to use social media, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact. They will be able to identify the potential risks and harms of when being online and how this can affect their well-being and mental health.

Key Concepts

Throughout their learning, children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions' listed below:

  1. Organisation and efficiency - How do computers help users to manage our work in an organised and efficient way?
  2. Communication - How do computers help the user to communicate information efficiently and effectively? What decisions do users need to make when communicating to an audience?
  3. Data - In what ways do computers use and organise data and why is this useful?
  4. Logic, programing and algorithms - Why is the process of working step-by-step to understand a problem and develop a solution important? What decision-making processes do user use when programming and writing algorithms?
  5. Online safety - How do you stay helathy and safe when online?
  6. Machines - What are the components of machines and how do they communicate?

Computing Key Intentions and Concepts

 

 

 

 

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Implementation

At Nook Lane we have developed a bespoke and challenging curriculum based on the progressive framework provided by eLearning Sheffield. There are essential five strands to the curriculum; Key skills, Data, Multimedia, Programming and Online safety. The school's scheme of work has been modified to further cross curriculum learning and take opportunities of outside expertise and the use of physical programming equipment.

During their time at Nook Lane, children cover several units within each strand, re-visiting each area and embedding the language of the subject. The computing curriculum is progressive and children build on the skills gained in prior years.

We encourage staff to try and embed the use of computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.

Children are taught by staff, who are confident and knowledge rich, and are supported to develop the subject from the subject lead.

Children have weekly timetabled access to the ICT suite but also access to mobile technology including laptops and Ipads. In addition, they have access to a range of physical programming devices to develop their understanding how their skills can be adapted for practical purposes.

Children build a portfolio of their work, saved in their own folder, which teachers can assess and level against given success criteria.

Impact

  • After the implementation of a robust computing curriculum, children at Nook Lane will become stronger digital citizens. They will have the skills and knowledge to use technology responsibly and safely, and be aware of the consequences of their online activity.
  • They will have the analytical skills to decompose problems, write algorithms and programs to solve a range of problems using a wide range of software.
  • They will have the skills to handle data effectively and present information creatively, knowing how to share it safely with a wider audience.
  • Our children will have a passion to take their learning further in the subject, and gain greater skills to open further opportunities to them in the future.
  • Throughout their learning, children will develop an in-depth understanding of the following concepts that are continually returned to and discussed within each unit of learning so they can answer the 'bigger questions'.

Overview of Learning

Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
Year 3 Computing Orientation Beebots - Computational Thinking Data Presentation Basic Skills, networking and Online Safety Scratch - Screen Saver: Computational Thinking
Year 4 Kodu - Computational Thinking Windows Movie Maker - Presenting data and information Scratch 1 - Computational Thinking Computing key skills, networking and Online safety Scratch 2 - Computational Thinking
Year 5 Computational Thinking - Scratch: Tour of School Multimedia - SketchUp Design Thornbridge Physical Programming - Codebugs Key skills, networking and Online Safety Computational Thinking - Scratch: Story Animation
Year 6 Computational Thinking - Code Breaking Data Handling - Spreadsheets - WW2 Tea Party Multimedia & Physical Programming - Tek Project - 3D Printing Key skills, networking and Online Safety Computational Thinking - Flowol

Example Computing Unit Overview

Example Computing unit overview - an example of a unit of work, showing the sequencing and progression as well as links to key concepts and vocabulary.

Curriculum

Our Curriculum: Computing subject booklet gives full details of:

  • National Curriculum, and
  • Knowledge & Skills Progression

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