At Northgate we follow the intent principles of the the Futura Learning Partnership. Our intent for Computing is that an exciting and rigorous Computing education will ensure children are immersed in engaging, technology-rich learning experiences which allow them to learn deeply and embed core computing skills, think independently and problem solve in an ever evolving digital world. Regardless of changes within technology and the world we live in, our children will possess the core skills and behaviours required to safely and confidently access new technology to enhance their wider learning, access the curriculum throughout their school journey and inspire a future where technology is used to innovate and make positive change.
We believe that learning about Computing provides an important context for the development of pupils’ key learning skills, particularly problem-solving, creative and critical thinking and resourcefulness.
Futura recognise that social context plays a vital role in children’s education and as such we aim to provide opportunities for children to experience Computing in ways that are unique to their local and wider community.
Inclusion: Our curriculum is ambitious for all and strives to address inclusion and disadvantage in its intent and implementation
Children’s discovery of world of technology begins in the Early Years where they are provided with regular access to a range of devices in the learning environment such as interactive boards, ipads and a smart tablet. Children are taught to recognise that technology is used in places such as homes and schools and they have opportunities to select and use technology for different purposes.
Following a large investment in IT infrastructure and hardware, including the purchase of laptop devices and ipads, pupils from year 1 to year 6 now have regular access to in-class computing at least once a week.
At Northgate, our curriculum is based around the skills progression and activities provided by eLIM through their Wessex planning. We also utilise their e-safety modules called Active Bytes which are available from Reception to Year 6. We also reflect on the technologies and software that our children use outside of school and how we take the lessons learnt in school and use them for their safety in the outside world.
Northgate has also invested in a subscription to the Purple Mash online suite of tools. This software enables children to be taught effective computing skills for life in word processing and formula writing alongside more specific skills in coding and programming.
Each child has access to the internet and is taught how to use it appropriately and safely alongside how search engines and websites operate. Every child also has access to online safety resources from Purple Mash with an individual login. Internet safety is taught regularly at an age appropriate level and forms the basis of all Computing learning.
Children are also taught about vocabulary linked to computing and key skills for life including touch typing. Computing is also cross- curricular, progressing children's learning in all areas of the curriculum. For example, children are given the opportunity to create graphs in Maths, blogs in English or using digital maps in topic-based work.
As pupils progress through key Stage 2 and develop their skills, they begin to be taught using a range of well-known software including Microsoft Word, PowerPoint and Excel which are widely used in the wider world.
To support the successful implementation of our Computing curriculum, training has been provided at different levels. Staff have been upskilled to learn both how to use the Purple Mash suite but also to better understand coding and other aspects of computer science which are quite new to the primary curriculum.
Our Computing curriculum supports pupils to develop skills in the following areas: E-safety; Using Technology; Algorithms & Programming & Communicating and Presenting.