Computing at Bolton
Subject Lead: Debbie Tinkler (Since September 2020)
Heather Lowthian will lead Computing during Debbie's maternity leave.
Monitoring Governor: Marilyn Tinkler (Since September 2021)
We offer a structured sequence of lessons on a unit, helping teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the National Curriculum. The content allow 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 of skills helps teachers to monitor learning and the successful acquisition of skills; the two year plan indicates areas of IT/computing that are not covered in discreet Computing lessons and these will be planned into other areas of the curriculum.
Each lesson contains revision, analysis and problem solving. Through the sequence of lessons and medium term plans, we intent to inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, see its place in their future and give teachers confidence. These are taught on a two-year program (Y1/2, Y3/4 and Y5/6). 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 developing the use of 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 use to support data presentation. End of unit assessments are carried out so staff can feel confident in the progression of skills and knowledge and that outcomes have been met. We encourage that key words are displayed and the use of Knowledge organisers, where appropriate, showing the progression of specific language involved in children’s learning so that teachers can also assess understanding and progress through vocabulary.
Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms but mainly through class scrap-books which will include samples of work from sessions and pupil and teacher comments. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progressions 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 understanding that they have choices to make, They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.
Please see our Computing at Bolton document below for more information, including our policy, progression of skills and long term plans.