Computing

Intent

  • At Keir Hardie, our Computing Curriculum is designed to equip our pupils with the necessary digital skills to be successful in life. We want our pupils to have the opportunity to develop their communication and problem-solving skills which are transferable in the professional world. These skills are developed through a range of learning journeys, where pupils are encouraged to work collaboratively with their peers, have a solid understanding of online safety, and know how to keep themselves safe when online or using a computer and other digital devices.
  • We want our Computing Curriculum to widen our pupils’ experiences of technology and digital devices, to develop their digital literacy and allow them to communicate effectively using a range of computing terminologies across a range of operating systems.
  • We aim to enable our SEND pupils to have equal access to computing, ensuring that they are making good progress relative to their starting point.

Implementation

  • The implementation of the Curriculum takes place using Learning journeys for every term. Links are made to the ‘Education For Connected World’ scheme in addressing online safety. Our pupils are encouraged to work collaboratively with their peers, a skill sought after in any profession. 
  • The curriculum is planned to provide hands-on experiences with computing and ICT hardware, i.e., cameras, Ipads, robots, microphones, mixing console, or disassembling a computer in class, and reassembling it, etc.
  • Computers with industry-used software are in place to be used in classrooms, including dedicated computers for SEN pupils, with ongoing liaising with our SENCO to evaluate and improve our provision.
  • Each year, staff are trained in online safety, which raises awareness about the potential dangers of the internet on pupils’ wellbeing. Our staff and pupils are engaged in rich online safety discussions each term, focusing on age-related issues.

Impact

  • Pupils gain in-depth knowledge on various topics of Computing, especially using it as a tool to aid communication.
  • By the end of each year, pupils can confidently use a computer and apply the knowledge and the skills they have learned. Most pupils will improve their digital literacy, use a range of hardware and software and achieve age-related expectations. They will also show confidence in their use of computing-specific vocabulary.
  • Pupils at the end of their primary education are secondary ready, having acquired the necessary knowledge and skills through hands-on practice with industry-standard software and by participating in various school projects.