Learning
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Computing

“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”

Department for Education, 2013

Intent

We think that computing is an essential aspect of everyday life at Pembury Primary School, and we aim to provide pupils with the information and skills they need to flourish in a quickly changing technological environment. Children will gain key knowledge and skills in three major areas of the computing curriculum by the time they leave our school: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve, and send information), and digital literacy. We expect that by being introduced to ‘computational thinking’ in how to approach gadgets logically on a daily basis, children will be able to apply their understanding to any technology that they encounter, now or after their time at Pembury Primary School.

Implementation

At Pembury Primary School, we believe that a clear and comprehensive plan of work that encompasses the National Curriculum aims is essential for meeting our children’s needs and helping them to grow and progress their skills. To guarantee that pupils are being exposed to high-quality lessons focusing on the skills and knowledge essential to be competent ‘computational thinkers’, we have invested in Purple Mash. This guarantees that all major areas of the computing curriculum are taught and repeated during their primary school years. This allows our learners to build on their knowledge and skills each year, broadening their knowledge and practising skills.

We strive constantly to keep children safe online by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need. We also provide current information about keeping children safe online to parents, caregivers, and the greater community. We acknowledge and appreciate the significant contribution that e-learning makes to the engagement and efficacy of our students, as well as the school’s responsibilities in preparing students for the future by increasing their knowledge and understanding of how technology may assist them and their studies.

Impact

As a school, we recognise that computing is crucial in ensuring an engaging and current curriculum. We ensure that children are equipped with the skills they need to understand and progress in a digital world, safely and effectually through the high – quality teaching of computing. We endeavour to ensure link taught to skills to real-life situations to aid pupils understanding of the importance and necessity of computing in our rapidly changing world of technology that is ever-evolving.

The passion that our students have for utilising technology to support and enhance their learning, as well as the work that the produce using computers, are clear signs of the effective teaching of computing. We continue to provide cross-curricular opportunities and real-life scenarios as occasions to apply their computational skills.

In order to ensure the impact of our curriculum, children are assessed termly and their work is saved to Purple Mash for their teachers and senior leaders to review. We also value pupil voice and speak to them about their thoughts on computing and e-safety. This also aids teachers and leader understanding of the knowledge and skills they have acquired throughout their learning that term/ year.

Furthermore, practitioners have access to Purple Mash to help inform high-quality planning and progression and regular CPD and monitoring is scheduled to help further skills and assist teachers in supporting pupil’s learning.

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Pembury Primary School
Lower Green Road, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN2 4EB
Phone: 01892 822 259 Email: office@pembury.kent.sch.uk