‘And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.’ Micah 6:8.
Through the teachings of Jesus, all can flourish spiritually, emotionally and academically throughout life, living out love and justice for all. Our Christian values of love, justice, compassion, wisdom, forgiveness and friendship underpin the life of the school community and impact on our daily lives. Guilden Sutton Church of England Primary School strives to provide the best possible education for our children. We aim for excellence within our happy, secure school where each individual’s achievements are valued and celebrated. By using a holistic approach, we will provide a curriculum that offers a diverse and challenging environment to inspire and motivate every child in our care.
At Guilden Sutton Church of England Primary School, we understand that a high-quality computing education is essential for pupils to understand modern information and communication technologies (ICT). We aim to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil’s appreciation of its capabilities and opportunities technology offers, to create, manage, organise and collaborate. Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want the children at Guilden Sutton C of E Primary School to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology who are fully aware of the steps that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.
As well as ensuring computing is embedded across the curriculum, at Guilden Sutton C of E Primary School computing is timetabled through stand-alone lessons that are blocked or taught weekly. We follow the Kapow Computing condensed curriculum which is organised into five key areas (Computer systems and networks, programming, creating media, data handling and online safety) and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum.
Lessons incorporate a range of teaching strategies from independent tasks, paired and group work as well as unplugged and digital activities. This variety means that lessons are engaging and appeal to those with a variety of learning styles. Differentiated guidance is available for every lesson to ensure that lessons can be accessed by all pupils and opportunities to stretch pupils’ learning are available when required. Knowledge organisers for each unit support pupils in building a foundation of factual knowledge by encouraging recall of key facts and vocabulary.
Teachers ensure that regular assessment happens in lessons to track progress and identify gaps in children’s skills and provide progressive objectives that ensure children build upon prior learning. Regular feedback from teachers provide opportunities to not only address misconceptions but also deepen and challenge learning through the form of Blooms questioning. Providing children with enrichment opportunities (e.g. Digital Wizards Club, Xplore visit) and cross-curricular teaching enhances children’s learning. Subject-specific language is used in lessons and high-quality resources enhance children’s proficiency.
As a school, we take online safety very seriously and aim to give children the relevant knowledge and skills to keep themselves safe online. This is done through both computing lessons and Collective Worship assemblies. Each year group engages with a block of work on age-appropriate Online Safety content and current trends which coincide with our behaviour and anti-bullying policies. Safer Internet Day and E-Safety Week are annual events that are celebrated in our school. In an ever-changing environment, we recognise the importance of keeping up-to-date with the needs of the children and aim to keep parents informed as well.
Children at Guilden Sutton C of E Primary School are enthusiastic about the subject and enjoy any opportunity to use their technology skills in their school life. They will become increasingly aware of how computing has shaped the world in which we live, as well as being critical and analytical in their thinking. Over their time at our school, children will be able to develop their knowledge and skills through involvement in enrichment activities and during after school clubs. Children will leave school in Year 6 with the skills, knowledge and attitude that will allow them to embrace the next stage of their education.
The impact of following the Kapow Computing scheme of work is that children will:
- Be critical thinkers and be able to understand how to make informed and appropriate digital choices in the future.
- Understand the importance that computing will have going forward in both their education and working life in the future.
- Understand how to balance time spent on technology and time spent away from it, in a healthy and appropriate manner.
- Understand that technology helps to showcase their ideas and creativity.
- Show a clear progression of technical skills across all areas of the National Curriculum.
- Be able to use technology both individually and as part of a collaborative team.
- Be aware of online safety issues and protocols and be able to deal with any problems in a responsible and appropriate manner.
- Have an awareness of development in technology and have an idea of how current technologies work and how they relate to one another.
- Meet the end of key stage expectations outlined in the National Curriculum for Computing.