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Computing

Our vision of believe, achieve, succeed is prominent in our delivery of the computing curriculum. We passionately believe in preparing our pupils to be conscientious and skilled digital citizens and leaders of the future. In an ever-changing climate, technological advances mean that we are teaching our pupils to respond to and use current programs and software as well as investigate and design new programs. They learn how computers and computer systems work, design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content. To support dynamic and forward thinking minds in learning we take the same approach to our lesson planning and technology with constant updates and improvements.

We have two ICT suites – one for EYFS and KS1 and one for KS2. This means that all pupils have a dedicated computing lesson every week, as well as opportunities to use mobile technology within their classrooms. The children enjoy using a variety of digital resources including Chromebooks, tablets, Beebots, Lego Wedo 2.0 and Microbits. We continually research new technologies and respond to pupils’ ideas and learning requests wherever possible.

In EYFS, we work towards the Early Learning Goal for Technology and introduce the children to a variety of different software programs. By the end of Reception the children are able to suggest which programs are suitable for a given task. They will have gained basic mouse and keyboard skills to enable them to navigate online and produce digital content.

In Key Stages 1 and 2 our curriculum is carefully constructed from our own lesson plans plus a selection of the best of content by professional providers including Switched On Computing, Discovery Education Coding, and code.org. Children learn coding with Scratch and Javascript and build websites with HTML and CSS. They learn how to select, use, and combine a variety of software for digital content creation including documents, images, and video. They gain an understanding of how the Internet and networks work and provide the resources we use every day. Pupils also learn how to effectively and safely use Web technologies like email, blogs, and forums within dB Primary, our private virtual learning environment (VLE). We complement online lessons with unplugged lessons to anchor key concepts in an engaging way that pupils will remember.

The curriculum is reviewed and updated each year to ensure it remains challenging and up to date with the latest developments, and wherever possible, units are linked to topics to enable a cross-curricular approach. Children self-assess and decide on their next steps for improvement and teachers use emerging, expected and exceeding outcomes to assess the pupils in each unit.

Computing will continue to play an increasingly important role in the lives of our children. Our engaging provision will give them the confidence to develop computing skills that they can build on as technologies develop in the future.

Online Safety

Alongside the planned computing units which always have an online safety element, each year group has dedicated online safety lessons planned for each half term. Children are taught to be digitally literate and to communicate safely. They are taught how to respond to any behaviour or content that is inappropriate or upsetting, both within school and when they are using the Web at home. Stanburn Primary School has its own Computing Rules, which are displayed in every classroom and both ICT Suites. In the same way that all staff sign the Appropriate Use of Computing Systems Policy, the children agree to follow these rules each new academic year. Every February, we celebrate Safer Internet Day with planned assemblies, activities and events. Each year there is a specific online safety theme.

Online safety at Stanburn is further supported and developed by our team of pupil Digital Leaders who are trained by an in-house IT professional in combination with Childnet. Digital Leaders plan and run assemblies, events, and competitions to build the understanding of online safety within the school.

Our children are enthusiastic about Computing lessons and enjoy completing their home learning online. They use dB Primary to access their home learning and communicate with one another outside of school. The pupils share their knowledge about various software programs and websites and are keen to talk about the devices they use at home.

Please see the school’s Online Safety Policy for more information.

Library Books

We are currently expanding our selection of Computing books in our library. Some of our current selections are shown below. 

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Adventures in Raspberry Pi
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DK Eyewitness Computer
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Lift the Flap Computers and Coding
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Scratch Programming in Easy Steps
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Computer Coding for Kids
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Computer Coding Games for Kids
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 Coding for Beginners Using Scratch
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Scratch and Python: The Basics (Coding Unlocked)
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Get Coding!: Learn HTML, CSS & JavaScript & Build a Website, App & Game
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Head First HTML and CSS
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Build Your Own Website: A Comic Guide to HTML, CSS, and WordPress
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Super Scratch Programming Adventure!