At Tollerton Primary School, we understand the immense value that technology plays not only in supporting the Computing curriculum, but the entire national curriculum. Our aims are to fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for Computing whilst also providing enhanced collaborative learning opportunities, engagement in rich content and supporting pupil’s conceptual understanding of new concepts which support the needs of all our pupils.
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world…core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content.” National Curriculum.
Computing teaching at Tollerton Primary School has links with many other subjects, such as; mathematics, science and design and technology and our aim is to provide a broad and balanced curriculum whilst ensuring that pupils become digitally literate and digitally resilient. Technology is ever evolving and we aim to develop pupils who can use and express themselves, develop their ideas through, information and communication technology at a suitable level for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
The aims of our Computing curriculum are to develop pupils who:
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. Computing teaching at Tollerton will deliver the requirements of the National Curriculum through 3-6 week units of work. Our Computing Progression Model is supplemented by the Purple Mash scheme of work which we follow from Reception through to Year 6, ensuring consistency and progression throughout the school. Throughout their school life, pupils will revisit units of work so that they build on established skills whilst also embedding previous concepts. Units are practical and engaging and allow computing lessons to be hands on. Units cover a broad range of computing components such as coding, spreadsheets, Internet and Email, Databases, Communication networks, touch typing, animation and online safety.
When teaching computing teachers should also follow the children’s interests to ensure their learning is engaging, broad and balanced. Through our Purple Mash subscription our teachers can deliver thematic, cross curricular lessons that also follow children’s interests and provide flexibility. Purple Mash has an online portal of age-appropriate software, games and activities as well as topic materials and materials to support children’s learning in other subject areas for all key stages.
A variety of teaching approaches and activities are provided to pupils based on teacher judgement and pupil ability. We have a growing range of resources to support our computing teaching including PCs iPads, laptops, bee-bots, data-loggers and cameras.
Pupils at Tollerton are encouraged to engage with ICT and technology outside of school. Each teacher and pupil has their own unique Purple Mash login and password. Computing work can be stored and saved using pupil log in details and homework or ‘2do’s’ can also be set for pupils to access and complete tasks at home that link with their current class learning. Parents are also encouraged to support the implementation of ICT and computing where possible by encouraging use of ICT and computing skills at home during homework tasks and support pupils beyond the classroom by registering with the ‘Parent Portal’.
All children will have Quality First Teaching. Any children with identified SEND may have work additional to and different from their peers in order to access the curriculum dependent upon their needs.
Computing and safeguarding go hand in hand and so we aim to put a lot of emphasis on internet safety inside and outside of the classroom. Additional to all pupils studying online safety units through their computing lessons, each term we hold an Internet Safety Day and every year we take part in National Internet Safety Day in February. Internet Safety assemblies are held as well as parent internet safety workshops.