At Town Field Primary School, we are proud of our commitment to high standards; aim to provide each and every child with a rich and memorable learning journey and ensure that they have access to a curriculum that champions excellence and supports all pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities.
Furthermore, we understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but the part it plays in supporting our children in an ever-changing digital world; helping them to foster a love of learning, be successful life-long learners and confident, responsible individuals.
We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.
- Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum for all pupils.
- Teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
- Provide technology solutions for forging better home and school links.
- Enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
- Teach pupils to understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
- Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
- Give children access to a variety of high-quality hardware, software and unplugged resources.
- Equip pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others.
- Use technology imaginatively and creatively to inspire and engage all pupils, as well as using it to be more efficient in the tasks associated with running an effective school.
- Exceed the minimum government recommended/statutory guidance for programmes of study for Computing and other related legislative guidance (online safety).
- Instil critical thinking, reflective learning and a ‘can do’ attitude for all our pupils, particularly when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
- Our online safety policy (part of our safeguarding policy) clearly states how monitoring of online safety is undertaken and any incidents/infringements to it are dealt with.
- Filtering and monitoring systems for all our online access.
- Data policies which stipulate how we keep confidential information secure.
At Town Field, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons, which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool. Furthermore, it gives excellent supporting material for less confident teachers.
We aim to provide our pupils with a broad, play-based experience of Computing in a range of contexts. We believe the following:
- Early Years learning environments should feature ICT scenarios based on experience in the real world, such as in roleplay.
- Pupils gain confidence, control and language skills through opportunities to ‘paint’ on the interactive board/devices or control remotely operated toys.
- Outdoor exploration is an important aspect, supported by ICT toys such as metal detectors, controllable traffic lights and walkie-talkie sets.
- Recording devices can support children to develop their communication skills. This is especially useful for children who have English as an additional language.
Key Stage 1 Outcomes
- Understand what algorithms are, how they are implemented as programs on digital devices, and that programs execute by following a sequence of instructions.
- Write and test simple programs.
- Organise, store, manipulate and retrieve data in a range of digital formats.
- Communicate safely and respectfully online, keeping personal information private, and recognise common uses of information technology beyond school.
Key Stage 2 outcomes
- Design and write programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts.
- Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output; generate appropriate inputs and predicted outputs to test programs.
- Use logical reasoning to explain how a simple algorithm works and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs.
- Understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the world-wide web; and the opportunities they offer for communication and collaboration.
- Describe how Internet search engines find and store data; use search engines effectively; be discerning in evaluating digital content; respect individuals and intellectual property; use technology responsibly, securely and safely.
- Select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
- Pupil attainment is assessed using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool for Years 1 to 6. The tool enables staff to accurately identify attainment of pupils through the detailed exemplification it has for each key learning intention.
- Teachers keep accurate records of pupil attainment by entering data using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool.
- Tracking of attainment by using the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool is used to inform future planning.
- Formative assessment is undertaken each session/interaction in Computing and pupils are very much encouraged to be involved in that process.
- Summative assessment is undertaken in line with the assessment cycle.
- All resources are procured with the underlining considerations of value: The extent at which the resource impacts on learning and the material cost of this. Protocol details for procurement can be found in the school finance policy.
- A range of resources is available which successfully supports delivering the Computing curriculum and enables all learners to reach their full potential.
- Resources are suitably maintained and replenished when needed, which is overseen by the Computing Leader.
- An itemised list of all resources is shared with staff and kept up to date by the Computing Leader.
- Audits of school resources are conducted regularly by the Computing Leader, which informs bidding for budgets allocations.
- The Computing Leader keeps up to date with the latest technology resources and will make informed decisions about possible procurement of them through their own research.
- Suggestions for getting the very best out of the resources are made available to teaching and support staff by the Computing Leader.
- The Computing Action Plan details foreseen future resource procurement which is shared with senior leaders before the budget setting period.
Safeguarding: Online safety
Online safety has a high profile at Town Field Primary School for all stakeholders. We ensure this profile is maintained and that pupil needs are met by the following:
- A relevant up-to-date online safety curriculum which is progressive from Early Years to the end of Year 6.
- A curriculum that is threaded throughout other curriculums and embedded in the day-to-day lives of our pupils.
- Training for staff and governors which is relevant to their needs and ultimately positively impacts on the pupils.
- Scheduled pupil voice sessions and learning walks steer changes and inform training needs.
- Through our home/school links and communication channels, parents are kept up to date with relevant online safety matters, policies and agreements. They know who to contact at school if they have concerns.
- Pupils, staff and parents have Acceptable Use Policies which are signed and copies freely available.
At Town Field Primary School, we aim to enable all children to achieve to their full potential. This includes children of all abilities, social and cultural backgrounds, those with disabilities, EAL speakers and those with SEN.
We place particular emphasis on the flexibility technology brings to allowing pupils to access learning opportunities, particularly pupils with SEN and disabilities. With this in mind, we will ensure additional access to technology is provided throughout the school day and in some cases beyond the school day.