Computing Intent Statement
At Durham Lane Primary School, we acknowledge the pivotal role that technology currently plays, and will continue to play, in society. Therefore, we want to provide our children with the skills they need to flourish in a digital world. We aim to provide children with access to high-quality resources and teaching that equips them with the knowledge to work in the rapidly changing digital world and inspire them to pursue roles in the digital technology industry.
We have invested heavily in the technology we have available in school and offer the children access to iPads, computers and interactive whiteboards. Computing is always part of our curriculum and is taught as both a stand-alone subject and as part of cross-curricular topics.
We utilise social media with our community Facebook and Twitter pages where we are able to celebrate children’s successes and keep our local community involved and informed about school life. This demonstrates how social media can be used positively. We encourage our children to become responsible digital citizens and emphasise the importance of online safety. Children are aware of how to keep themselves safe and how to report concerns about inappropriate content or cyber-bullying incidents.
Our computing curriculum is taught using the three main strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.
We follow the Purple Mash computing scheme of work and have access to all of the 2Simple apps and tools to support the delivery of this scheme. We also utilise other apps and websites to link to our cross-curricular topics throughout the year. Here are the main themes covered in the scheme of work followed:
Our computing curriculum gives children the opportunity to access a wide range of resources and to develop their skills in typing, word processing, blogging, coding and much more. The curriculum is fun, engaging and is enjoyed by all learners.
We measure the progress made by our children through discussions with them about the key computing vocabulary used and by observing their ability to complete tasks independently or with support. Another way in which we are able to assess the children is by observing how they apply the skills learnt in computing to other areas of the curriculum such as English, Maths and Art. We also regularly review the children’s knowledge and understanding of e-safety issues and reinforce how to keep themselves safe. It is important to us as a school to ensure that we monitor the teaching of our computing curriculum therefore the subject leader ensures that the curriculum is being delivered correctly and that all equipment is up to date and in good working order.