Our vision at Sutton Courtenay is to provide opportunities to engage with computing in meaningful contexts, laying the foundations for successful learning and engagement in a technology rich world. In addition to developing an understanding of the processes behind computing and coding, we want children to develop their knowledge over time in core packages that help them use ICT across the curriculum as a creative platform for learning and communication.
Our aim is to provide a Computing curriculum which is engaging, coherent and inclusive of all learners. Teachers aim to provide purposeful lessons, allowing children to develop their skills and knowledge across Computer Science, Digital Literacy and IT. We want to encourage children to become independent learners by developing their problem solving and programming skills, as well as being able to use technologies safety and efficiently.
Children will have access to designated Computing teaching time, with units across each year
group having the opportunity for progression. We will be following the resources,
that have been developed by code.org in the Computer Science Fundamentals courses. See link: https://code.org
The units are arranged so that children encounter the key concepts repeatedly in each year
group. The resources make use of an innovative progression framework where computing content courses blend online and "unplugged" non-computer activities to teach students computational thinking, problem solving, programming concepts and digital citizenship.
In addition, our curriculum teaches effective searching and networking skills explicitly, and also creates a progression around how commonly used packages (Word, power Point and Excel) can be used to enhance learning across the curriculum.
Assessment is ongoing and combines teacher observation of children's responses in lessons with their ability to integrate their knowledge across the curriculum for effective outcomes. using the tools in code.org, teachers are able to monitor the progression rates of children through the courses.
Assessment is recorded annually against the standards expected for the age group. Staff share examples of work to standardise their judgements. This is reported to parents.