In today’s technological world the role of Information and Communications Technology is constantly developing and the ability to use computing effectively is a vital skill in modern society. computing is playing an increasing part in children’s lives, it is essential therefore, that children should be given opportunities to become familiar with a variety of information technologies within school and to develop the skills to use them.
Computing is a powerful and highly motivating learning tool. Used creatively it can enhance our pupils’ learning skills; increase access to the curriculum, especially for children with special educational needs and develop interpersonal skills. Linking with schools across the world will foster a sense of awareness and respect of other people and cultures.
At Rivington Primary School we want all our children to become confident and enthusiastic users of computing. We will encourage our children to use computing as a tool for learning and investigation across all areas of the curriculum and to appreciate the importance of computing in the world around us. We want our children to use computing tools to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly and creatively. Through using these tools we want them to make informed judgements about when and where to use computing to best effect.
Where possible our computing curriculum will be linked to our school values: Respect, Protect, Give Thanks and Keep Peace.
All pupils at Rivington Primary School have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use 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. At Rivington Primary School Academy, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology.
As part of our planning process teachers follow the Rising Stars Switched On Computing Curriculum. Each year group plans a half termly sequence of lessons and a knowledge organiser which outlines knowledge (including vocabulary) all children must master. All classes are timetabled to ensure access to laptops, desktops, iPads and other equipment.
Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods:
- A reflection on standards achieved against the planned outcomes
- Children can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Children can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
- Pupil discussions about their learning;
- Assessment against three key objectives within each unit of work.
Equality and SEN Statement
At Rivington Primary School we aim to provide equality of opportunity for all children whatever their age, ability, gender, race, religion or background. We aim to create an environment that values each pupil and enables them to achieve their full potential. We provide a broad and balanced curriculum appropriately differentiated to respond to pupils’ diverse learning needs. The opportunities and experiences we provide enable our pupils to participate fully and give their best across all aspects of school life. We place great value on the quality of relationships within our school community and celebrate the achievements of all pupils.
We appreciate that children may have special educational needs throughout, or at any time during their school career. At Rivington Primary School we aim to facilitate the full inclusion of pupils with special educational needs.
In science it is important to include a wide range of role models involved in scientific discoveries, theories and ideas. The subject can also be used to promote discussion of different beliefs and changes over time.