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Computing

Subject Lead: Aiman Butt

Computing is taught throughout school by our specialist Computing teacher, Aiman Butt.

‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ Computing Programme of Study, DfE, 2013

Breadth

The Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’ programme supports our curriculum breadth and it is adapted to meet the needs of our children. ‘Switched on Computing’ was selected because:

  • it covers all the requirements of the National Curriculum 
  • it embeds a thorough e-safety curriculum.

‘Switched on Computing’ is intended to develop pupils’ understanding of the concepts, practices and perspectives that underpin programming and other aspects of computer science, whilst providing opportunity for creative, collaborative project work in which pupils can acquire the information technology skills they need, as well as helping pupils to understand the implications of technology for individuals and society as they become digitally literate. It is grounded in the best primary practice. Ideas of learning through experiment, discussion and making are woven through the programme. 

There are three main strands:

  1. Information Technology – children research, exchange and share information and review, modify, and evaluate work.  
  2. Computer Science – children learn about programming, coding, and develop computational thinking and problem-solving skills. 
  3. Digital Resilience – children develop responsibility, competence and confidence when using technology. This includes a lot of work around online safety. 

Progression

The ‘Switched on Computing’ programme provides built-in progression of knowledge and understanding as well as technical skills. Children’s digital portfolios provide evidence of progress as well as children being encouraged to talk about what they have learned.