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Computing curriculum intent, implementation and impact statement 

Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionize the way we learn - Steve Jobs

Curriculum Intent

At John Burns Primary School, our intent is to:

  • Provide a high-quality, broad and balanced computing education.
  • Support children to develop and achieve as competent Computational Thinker.
  • Ensure that pupils develop a respectful and responsible attitude towards using information and communication technology, especially with regards to their own and other’s safety.
  • Provide a safe space in which pupils can navigate and interact with the digital world.
  • Equip pupils with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the computing National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Curriculum Implementation

At John Burns Primary School:

  • Programmes of Study are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills.
  • Every year group will build upon the learning from prior year groups therefore developing depth of understanding and progression of skills within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science.
  • Our children begin their journey with technology in Early Years, with access to iPads and Beebots, as well as some time spent in the Computing Suite to familiarise children with a desktop setup.
  • Children have the opportunity to demonstrate their understanding using a variety of hardware (desktop PCs, iPads, iMacs, Chromebooks and programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications.
  • Children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communications, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
  • Online safety and responsible use of technology are topics covered in computing and PSHE lessons, assemblies and during events such as Safer Internet Day.
  • At the start of each Unit of Work children will review previous learning and will have the opportunity to share what they already know.
  • Teachers have access to a range of resources and planning from Teach Computing and Barefoot Computing. 
  • Pupils are regularly given the opportunity for self or peer assessment through discussions throughout lessons.
  • Effective modelling by teachers ensures that children are able to achieve their learning intention, with misconceptions addressed within it.
  • Differentiation ensures that all pupils can access the computing curriculum.
  • Children are given clear success criteria in order to achieve the learning intention with differing elements of independence.
  • Assessment is informed by end of unit assessment, observations during lessons, verbal feedback and pupil voice.
  • Summative judgements (Working Towards/Working At/Working Above age-related Expectations) are recorded in end of year reports for all KS1 and KS2 pupils (EYFS profile assessment - ELG Understanding the World).

Curriculum Impact

At John Burns Primary School, our pupils will:

  • Be enthusiastic and confident in their approach towards computing.   
  • Have a secure understanding of the positive applications and specified risks associated with a broad range of digital technology. 
  • Present as competent and adaptable Computational Thinkers who are able to use identified concepts and approaches in all of their learning.
  • Be able to identify the source of problems and work with perseverance to ‘debug’ them.
  • Create and evaluate their own project work.
  • An understanding of computing related industry and careers.
  • High aspirations, which will see them through to further study, work and a successful adult life.