Subject leader: Mrs Crewdson
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why do we love computing at Pennoweth?
‘Whether you want to uncover the secrets of the universe, or you just want to pursue a career in the 21st Century, basic computer programming is an essential skill to learn.’ Stephen Hawking.
The DNA forms the guiding principles that underpin everything we do in school including our curriculum.
Feeling and being safe is incredibly important in all aspect of life but increasingly so in terms of our activities online. Children are taught about the dangers and risks online and the ways in which they can keep themselves safe. Children are encouraged to discuss concerns in an open and safe environment and are encouraged to speak out if they feel something is concerning. Where possible, children’s interests and skills are incorporated into the planning of computing and achievements are celebrated supporting children to feel loved and valued. Children are able to take responsibility for their learning and are encouraged to extend what has been done in school themselves as well as taking responsibility for sharing concerns. Both children and adults are continually learning in computing as new advances and new technologies are continually being developed. Our end goal is to ensure that our children are ready, ready to be independent and responsible in their use of computers and technology, ready to uncover the secrets of the universe or pursue a career in the 21st century.
Our curriculum, taken from Cornerstones, enables children to progressively develop knowledge, skills and vocabulary, which are transferable to other areas of the curriculum. Through a well-planned and well-resourced curriculum, we develop children’s creativity, and promote their interest, understanding, risk-taking and effective evaluating skills through all aspects of design.
Computing at Pennoweth is taught in blocks across a two-year cycle in order that children achieve depth in their learning. Key knowledge, skills and associated vocabulary have been identified and these have been mapped across the school to ensure progression. At the start of each unit, teachers establish the starting point for each child and ensure that all lessons taught are relevant and developmental, and consideration is given to how greater depth will be reached within each lesson, as well as how learners will be supported in line with the school’s commitment to inclusion. We have two class sets of Chromebooks to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons. The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy.