Computing at Oughtrington
Computing Curriculum Intent:
At Oughtrington Primary, we want all students to be able to thrive as responsible, digital citizens. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our students on how to use technology positively and safely.
We want our students to be confident and competent using a range of technology and our broad computing curriculum includes computer science, digital literacy and online safety. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our SEN pupils.
By the end of Key Stage 2, we want all children to be flexible, creative, responsible and confident users of technology, who are able to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
At Oughtrington, we recognise that a secure understanding of computing is essential for our children in order to prepare them for life in the digital age. We have invested in a wide range of resources that will enable our children to excel in computing.
The computing curriculum compromises of three elements: Computer Science (coding and programming), Digital Literacy (ICT skills) and Online Safety (learning to be repsonsible users of technology).
Our children work hard to develop excellent programming skills in line with the curriculum and using a range of different software. In KS1 they begin by devising sequences of instructions to control programmable toys. We then introduce screen turtles and LOGO to develop their use of algorithms – planning several steps in advance and making decisions and predictions. The children learn to debug their programs when things go wrong. The coding program Scratch is used to produce animations and simple games linked to topics throughout KS2. For example in Year 6, the children are challenged to make an “Escape the Trench” game to link with their topic on WW1. We have LEGO WEDO resources so they can design, build and program models which respond to inputs from sensors. As the children progress, we have the capability to grow with their increasing understanding.
ICT is used throughout school to enhance the curriculum. In addition to learning computing skills as focused lessons, we also incorporate aspects of ICT to enhance learning in many other areas. This includes becoming confident using a range of sites to research topic areas, as well as a range of software to present learning. By the end of KS2, our children are confident and competent to present their learning - on both laptops and iPads - using software such as using Word, PowerPoint, Pages and Keynote. In Science, we use Data Log boxes to record information from investigations and well as using digital microscopes to help with our observations. We create our own musical compositions in KS1 using Purple Mash software and in KS2 using Garageband. We use ICT to develop photography skills and to create digital art pieces throughout school. ICT is used in MFL to develop speaking and listening skills and applications such as ChatterPix are used in a fun way to develop our confidence speaking in Spanish and French. Applications and websites such as Times Table Rock Stars and Spelling Shed, supplement our Maths and Englsh curriuclums to allow pupils to practise key skills. We intergrate the use of iPads during many lessons for research and presentation purposes as well as to develop unerstanding across the curriculum through the use of interactive games and quizes.
It is vitally important that at Oughtrington we provide the children with building blocks for them to become responsible digital citizens. We inspire them to create as well as just use. We show them to behave in a way online that is socially aware and responsible and we consider the implications of negative behaviour on individuals. We use the online safety programme E-Aware to teach the children about all aspects of online safety; from creating safe passwords to being kind online. We teach them how to be safe and to keep their information secure, based around the SMART rules. We complete online safety lessons each half term focussing on different areas, and complete whole school and key stage assemblies based on online safety. We also particpate in nation wide inititaives such as 'Safer Internet Day'. Our team of Digital Leaders, appointed from Year 5 and 6, promote areas of online safety within school and with our school community. We share online safety information and advice regularly with parents on Class Dojo, Twitter, Newsletters and through the Online Safety page on our school website.
Online Safety Links