In today's tech-centric world, Science and Computing skills are in demand like never before. At Woodlands, we want to go about inspiring the next generation to enjoy computer science and technology. We want to ignite and fan into flame a love for learning across all areas of computing. A spark that kickstarts a personal journey for every child, and we’re here to focus on that journey because, to borrow a famous phrase, “The journey is the destination”. It might be building a robot, taking a digital art class or even joining a virtual tech camp.
Not every child will be interested in developing the next Angry Birds, but perhaps they are intrigued by the prospect of coding an app that helps bring clean water to communities in need. So, we talk to the children about their interests, and with just a few clicks, they can be leading off into their next passion project!
Across the School, Children follow a comprehensive Computing Curriculum. We offer a structured sequence of lessons, helping to ensure that children have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. This allows children to apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science. They develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. It also enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology. This progression map supports computing subject leaders in readiness for an Ofsted ‘deep dive’.
Each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem-solving. Through the sequence of lessons, we intend to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. Cross-curricular links are also important in supporting other areas of learning. Our lesson plans and resources help children to build on prior knowledge at the same time as introducing new skills and challenges. In KS1, the focus is on developing the use of algorithms, programming and how technology can be used safely and purposefully. In KS2, lessons still focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes. Children also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Data Handling is featured more heavily in UKS2. Skills learnt through KS1 and LKS2 are used to support data presentation. Adult guides are offered, as well as end-of-unit assessments, enabling staff to feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. An example of keywords has been included, showing the progression of specific language involved in children’s learning so that teachers can also assess understanding and progress through vocabulary. We suggest a specific sequence of lessons for each year group, offering structure and narrative. These are not to be used exclusively but will support teachers' planning.
Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers have high expectations and quality evidence is presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.