The teaching of computing at Greystones Primary School
Greystones Primary School - Computing Curriculum Statement
At Greystones Primary School we offer a Computing curriculum which enables children to develop competence to excel in a broad range of computing skills based on the National Curriculum. We offer a high-quality computing education to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We also aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
A discrete computing lesson is taught once a week, and opportunities for cross-curricular learning are embedded into other subjects. Our Computing curriculum covers the skills defined in the National Curriculum through themes which will challenge, motivate and inspire children. Progression is planned around knowledge, skills and vocabulary so that pupils leaving in year 6 will be equipped with the tools needed to be successful in secondary school.
At Greystones, we use a Scheme of Work (SOW) created by Purple Mash, to help deliver a comprehensive and well-resourced Computing Curriculum. Throughout the learning journey, we address the three main strands detailed in the National Curriculum’s Purpose of Study: Computer Science; Information Technology and Digital Literacy (incorporating eSafety). Each year groups’ lessons, are grouped into around 8-9 units, and some teaching will be embedded in cross-curricular learning. An overview of these lessons, per year group, can be found by following the link above. The strands work across all year groups and the units follow on from each other to promote the progression of learning and skills.
Specific units are aimed at Online Safety. However, Online Safety is considered throughout the curriculum and is also covered in our RSHE lessons.
There is scope for teachers to customise the curriculum to fit in with their year group topics and/or their own personal strengths and interests. However, this must be agreed with the Computing Curriculum Coordinator to ensure that they key areas of the curriculum are still being addressed.
Computing is assessed through teacher judgment and is monitored by the subject leader through a series of strategies such as learning scrutinies and pupil voice, which supports making accurate judgments of what the children have learnt and whether they are able to make use of the skills they have learnt by becoming digitally literate, at a level suitable for the future workplace, and as active participants in a digital world.