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Computing

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Computing Intent, Implementation and Impact

At Aldermoor Farm, we want our pupils to love and understand computing and see is as a potential career path. We hope to inspire them to pursue practical applicability of the subject as software engineers, video game designers, web developers, digital content creators. We want pupils of Aldermoor Farm to be ready to embrace digital opportunities they are presented with both in school and in the wider world.

Intent

Our curriculum is designed to develop children’s aspirations in the digital world. Our computing curriculum encourages curiosity and love for learning. We aim to enrich our students’ learning with additional memorable experiences. We carefully plan subject knowledge, skills and vocabulary intertwined with our school’s rules and values, so that the children develop the skills to be successful in both learning and life skills. We aim for all children to be e-safe and e-confident and to develop the basic IT skills which underpin all areas of modern society.

Implementation

We have recently switched to the Purple Mash Computing scheme of learning. This ensures progression of skills and knowledge across all strands of computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Online safety is taught through both computing and PSHE lessons and its elements feature in every computing lesson. Knowledge organisers identify key knowledge and are displayed in every classroom, helping children to learn more and remember more. We complement our lessons with additional activities to enrich our pupils’ cultural capital, e.g. Astro PI Mission by European Space Agency, Amazon and ParentZone competitions and Internet Legends national assemblies. Every year, the whole school participates in the Safer Internet Day.

Impact

We aim for all our children to leave Aldermoor Farm with the computing knowledge and skills that will prepare them for the KS3 curriculum and for successful life as an adult in the wider world. We use formative assessment in every lesson and keep a digital portfolio of pupils’ work on Purple Mash. Reviews in computing include work scrutinies, learning walks, pupil and staff voice.

Computing – Whole School Overview 2023 – 2024