Computing coordinator - Miss Riley
Computing curriculum at Towngate Primary Academy
Technology is an integral part of everyday life. At Towngate, we hope to prepare our children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology. Our main priority of computing at Towngate is to engage children with cross-curricular learning through interacting with technology.
We aim to develop confident, independent learners who are able to plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of ICT. As well as the benefits of ICT we are also aware of the risks, this is why we prepare our children to stay safe online through the use of e-safety awareness sessions and safer internet days.
At Towngate Primary Academy, we recognise that children are living within an increasingly technological world and aim to develop confidence and knowledge in this area. Computing skills are taught specifically during computing session. Skills are practised in sessions and then applied across the curriculum to enhance other subjects. Alongside computing skills we regularly revisit internet safety and the importance of why we need to keep ourselves safe of the internet. As children leave primary school, we aim for children to transfer this knowledge and have the confidence to implement these skills in everyday situations.
Every class has a timetabled opportunity to use the computers and can book out the ipads. We encourage staff to incorporate technology throughout the wider curriculum and use these skills to research and present writing in a variety of ways. Each class has access to SMART boards and teaching is delivered using this technology. Skills are covered through a two year rolling programme to ensure that children are taught the appropriate skills to support their development.
In Key Stage 1, children are beginning to develop their computing skills through using a range of technology such as Bee Bots, Computers and i-pads. To encourage children to recognise the value of using technology we teach skills through termly topic links. Children develop their skills to navigate around a computer and use a range of Microsoft programmes to copy and paste images and insert text boxes. The use of the internet to search images is incorporated alongside internet safety to reinforce the importance.
In Key Stage 2, children build upon previous skills and apply these to a variety of different technology. The use of the green screen and various apps provide opportunities for children to apply their skills in a variety of contexts.
Staff frequently monitor the attainment of children using the National Curriculum statements and use this to inform their teaching. Leaders support staff in delivering the curriculum through regular training and discussions. Leaders gather knowledge of how the curriculum is being taught through work scrutinies, lesson observations and pupil interviews where children can articulate and demonstrate the skills they have been taught.
"I really like using the ipads to help me research new things. We can use them in lots of lessons." Harry Y3
"I like to make things using scratch. It is really fun and you can make your own animation." Jack Y4
Please visit our twitter feed to see what we are learning across the school in Computing:
- Computing policy 18-19
- Computing skills progression across the academy
- Computing curriculum map - Switched on Computing
- Year 1 Online Safety Road Map
- Year 2 Online Safety Road Map (1)
- Year 3 Online Safety road map (1)
- Year 4 Online Safety road map
- Year 5 Online Safety road map (1)
- Year 6 Online Safety Road Map