Computing at Wallace Fields Junior School
In a rapidly-changing, modern world, at Wallace Fields we strive to provide children with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on all areas of society when faced with technology. We follow the National Curriculum for computing, which enables progression and challenge within the subject across all year groups. Every year group has a half termly focus, which may be safety online, coding, programming, multimedia work, word processing and computer science - discussing key questions, such as: what is the internet? How does a network work?
Some of the software we use in school includes Scratch, code.org, audacity, iMovie, Microsoft Office and Kodu. This gives the children the opportunity to explore different platforms within the computing curriculum and build upon prior knowledge by challenging their own understanding and skills with various appliances.
Embedded throughout the curriculum, there is a key focus on safety online. It is paramount that the children understand how to navigate their way through and around technology in a safe and positive way. The children sign an acceptable use policy, which is digital, and appears every time they log onto a computer. This works as a constant reminder to use the computers in a positive and appropriate manner during lessons and extra-curricular activities. We incorporate this throughout our PSHE and Circle Time lessons, too. You can find our E-Safety policy below.
We are lucky enough to have a fully operational Computing Suite, which is used weekly by every class. This is time for the children to interact and experiment with Microsoft software, whilst also working on desktop screens. In addition to our amazing Computing Suite, we currently have two class sets of Chromebooks. These can be booked out at any time to further enhance computing sessions, or to be embedded within other areas of the curriculum. The children all have logins to both the desktop computers and Chromebooks, which they are issued with at the beginning of the year with a password.
On the Chromebooks, we are able to access lots of Google apps and software to enhance the learning opportunities for the children. Google Classroom is a key tool which is used by all classes to create, distribute and feedback on work to all children. It also allows for collaborative work, by enabling children and teachers to all work on a document simultaneously. This is a fantastic tool for sharing links during lessons, as well as home learning. The children’s engagement on Google Classroom is fantastic and allows them to share their ideas with others in the class, too. Please find below two guides to help you navigate your way around Google Classroom.
In line with the 2014 National Curriculum for KS2 Computing, our aim is to to provide children with the necessary skills and knowledge to embark on all areas of society when faced with technology. The curriculum focuses on providing children with the skills required to use and apply computational thinking and creativity to understand and have an impact in our rapidly-changing, modern world.
By the time the children leave Wallace Fields Junior School, we hope the children will have gained key knowledge and skills across the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming, coding and understanding how digital systems work in practice), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information; focus on presenting, designing and creating using a range of multimedia) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content for its reliability, using technology safely and respectfully, understanding the positive influence we can have on our digital footprint). The three strands are covered across all year groups in KS2 and ensure a solid grounding for future learning beyond for all children.
At WFJS, computing is embedded throughout the curriculum and in stand-alone lessons. This ensure that all children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Furthermore, they can apply this within other subjects to reinforce the key knowledge and understanding gained within the independent computing lessons. Knowledge and skills are mapped across each topic and year group to ensure systematic progression across the key stage. We have a computing suite and a full class set of Chromebooks per year group. This ensures that all year groups have the opportunity to utilise the Chromebooks more often and bring them into other areas of the curriculum with greater ease. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections between our school’s computing curriculum and other areas of the wider curriculum.
The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. Whilst all three strands are covered in each year group, the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and more complex to ensure that progression and learning is built upon and evident.
Our approach to the computing curriculum generates a fun, engaging and high-quality computing education. The quality of children’s learning is evident on Google Classroom, Google Drive and our central shared area. Self-reflection, peer assessment and teacher assessments can be made using all of the above. Evidence from these lessons is used to feed into teachers’ future planning, adjustments to challenge opportunities and using the recent remote learning to build upon prior knowledge. This supports varied paces of learning for all pupils and ensures opportunities for good progress is evident for all children. The subject specific knowledge and skills developed in our computing lessons and wider curriculum equip the children with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From presenting data, critical thinking, complex coding and digital artwork, computing at Wallace Fields Junior School gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wider range of interests in the next stage of their lives.
Teaching computing to children with special needs
At Wallace Fields Junior School we teach computing to all children, whatever their ability. Computing forms part of our school curriculum policy to provide a broad and balanced education for all children. We provide learning opportunities that are matched to the needs of children with learning difficulties. In some instances the use of computing has a considerable impact on the quality of work that children produce; it increases their confidence and motivation. When planning work in computing, we take into account the targets in the children’s Individual Education Plans (IEPs). A variety of software is used to support the children with special educational needs e.g. Wordshark for English support and RM Maths for Mathematic support. We also have a version of Clicker 6 being used to support a child with severe learning difficulties.
Computing curriculum photos
To find out more about the national curriculum for Computing in Key Stage 2 that the school is following click here.
Please find attached the computing progression map for more information about the curriculum.
Computing Progression Map
Here are some links we really recommend looking through to help have those important conversations about using technology safely and positively at home: