COMPUTING AT NORTHWAY

The Computing curriculum is organised over a two-year cycle to meet the needs of our mixed age classes. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs to the individual learner and prior learning is built upon. As well as these explicit units of work, children are also given the opportunity to apply some of these skills in other curriculum areas.

eSafety is taught as an explicit unit of work from Y2 to Y6. These units are re-planned each year to ensure they are age appropriate and relevant to the issues facing our children. In order to plan these, an analysis of our “eSafety Concern Records” is carried out by the Computing Lead who then liaises with the teams as to the content of each unit. Throughout the rest of the year, eSafety is revisited in PSHE and other hidden curriculum areas to ensure it is at the forefront of our safeguarding. The school takes part in Safer Internet Day every year and ensures that Anti-bullying Week has a cyber-safety element built in.

There is a heavy focus on programming across the school to ensure time is given to practise these new skills and apply their knowledge.

In EYFS, children start by exploring commands and reactions. By the end of KS1, children use simple algorithms to control basic robots and solve simple problems in the programs. Building on this prior knowledge, by the end of lower juniors, children can develop a more sophisticated programme with the support of some scaffolding, which can create a basic game. Pupils are expected to de-bug their program and solve issues they face.

By the end of KS2, children are able to apply their programming skills to a range of devices and solve complex challenges and problems because they have arrange of knowledge around programming.  The children create programs with increasing independence.  They work on de-bugging their own programs and exploring ways to extend their programs independently.

 

In addition to the programming units of work, each year group develops their understanding of the internet and multimedia tools. This starts at a basic level at the end of KS1 and progresses to children being able to manipulate multimedia tools to create various effects.

Teachers plan units of work, which begin by teaching the key knowledge and skills required for the unit and make links back to prior learning. The children are then given practise time to develop these skills and a more open-ended task is planned towards the end of the unit to allow children to apply their new knowledge independently.

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Northway Primary School

Dodds Lane
Maghull
Merseyside
L31 9AA

Main Contact: Mrs C Booth

Tel: 0151-526-2565
Fax: 0151-526-6303
admin.northway@schools.sefton.gov.uk