Computing at Ringway Primary School
Intent, Implementation and Impact
At Ringway Primary School we want pupils to be masters of technology and not slaves to it. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely enabling them to become responsible citizens and members of their community.
Our aim is to prepare all children for their future by giving them a range of opportunities to gain knowledge through rich, motivational, purposeful and inspiring learning and develop skills that will help them in an ever-changing digital world. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. We will ensure that we promote and foster positive mental health and children who are socially and emotionally aware. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. It is our intention to develop life-long learners who are knowledgeable, yet question and are inquisitive who challenge themselves and are resilient. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. It is our intent that our knowledge rich curriculum is progressive and balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists. We will actively encourage the development of transferable skills through their growing knowledge of the curriculum.
We encourage our staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative, stimulating, fun and memorable for all the children.
We have a clear and effective, bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage and progression in line with the National Curriculum. The knowledge/skills build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners and to ensure systematic progression.
Computing is taught in discreet computing lessons. The computing curriculum is delivered through our own scheme of work written for our children. Every lesson in our scheme has been individually planned so that it can be effectively taught using the infrastructure we have in place at school and so that it meets the needs of all our pupils. Having discreet lessons means that children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum such as PSHE/RSE. Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology. Children have access to hardware (laptops, iPads and programmable equipment) and applications that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications. Ringway work closely with a company (MGL) where a specialist supports and works alongside the teachers to deliver lessons.
At Ringway we believe that Online Safety is essential in ensuring children are safe in the digital world which is why we worked towards and achieved the 360 Online Safety award for the second time. We recognise that the best prevention for many issues we see with technology and social media is through education. Online safety is both embedded within the lessons where appropriate and also taught discreetly. Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided regularly via the school’s website and social networking sites.
Children at Ringway will be confident users of technology and will be able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle.
The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools Google classrooms and observing learning regularly. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes noted within our learning journeys. Teachers make an overall judgement based on the curriculum coverage for pupils in each year group at the end of each unit. This is then summarised into an end of year grading for each child.
Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.
“I love using the computers it’s so much fun”
“Computing is great we learn how to code, send emails and develop our skills and also how to stay safe online” Dhanvanth 3H
Useful information for Computing
We have been awarded the Online Safety Mark for another 3 year period.