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Computing

At Watling Primary School, we place an emphasis on the STEM disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. The majority of jobs in the future will require high levels of digital competence and we acknowledge our responsibility in preparing our pupils for the next stage of their educational journey and beyond. For this reason, opportunities to gain important knowledge and skills in digital and technological competencies extend beyond the discreet teaching of Computing.

Through our Computing curriculum, we provide opportunities for our children to engage in active learning using a wide variety of software and multimedia for different purposes and audiences. Examples of this include digital screens in classrooms, electronic writing boards, voice recorders, iPads, laptops and BeeBots. As a school, we seek out opportunities to use technology to support teaching and learning extending beyond the classroom and we encourage our children and their families to access and use these alongside the teaching team.

We want our children to be digitally literate so that they are able to communicate confidently using information and communication technology. We adopt an inclusive style of learning to support the needs of some of our individual pupils who achieve higher levels of success when they are able to express their ideas and opinions using alternative electronic or technological methods of recording.

Computing throughout the curriculum provides opportunities for our children to communicate and collaborate through teamwork with partners, small groups and the whole class. Pupils are given ample opportunity to discuss their ideas and develop their thinking in order to achieve ambitious goals. When they are using computer hardware and software, we encourage our children to investigate creative and innovative solutions to problem-solving. We encourage our children to embrace wonder and ask questions about technology as a means of developing their creative and critical reasoning skills.

We are confident that our approach to teaching Computing means that our pupils will leave us with the skills and knowledge they need to become active and successful participants in an increasingly digital and technological society.

The National Curriculum Programmes of Study for Computing for Key Stage 1 and 2 provide further information.

Our Long-Term Curriculum Map for Computing gives an overview of what is taught in each year group over the course of each academic year.