Merton Bank Primary School

'Never less than our best'

School Roper Street, St. Helens, Merseyside, WA9 1EJ

0174422104

mertonbank@sthelens.org.uk

Computing

Caring          Respect          Empathy          Courage          Resilience

Subject leaders: Mr Bullough

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Intent

The intent of Computing education at Merton Bank is to equip our pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to thrive in our ever-evolving digital world. We seek to provide a rich, deep, and rigorous Computing curriculum that ensures children are not only consumers but also creators of technology. Our aim is to foster a love for Computing among our children, nurture their digital literacy, and develop their computational thinking skills. Through our Computing curriculum, we strive to prepare our children to become responsible and creative citizens in a digital society.

Implementation

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our Computing curriculum is carefully designed to provide a comprehensive and progressive learning experience for all children. It is aligned with the national curriculum requirements and reflects a balance between computer science, information technology, and digital literacy.

Computer Science

We ensure that our children gain a solid foundation in computer science through theoretical knowledge and practical applications. Children learn about algorithms, programming, and computational thinking. We introduce programming concepts using age-appropriate platforms and tools, such as Scratch and Python, to encourage logical and problem-solving skills development.

Information Technology

Our children are taught essential skills in information technology to enable them to use a wide range of software and digital tools effectively. They learn to use applications for a variety of purposes, including word processing, presentations, data handling, and multimedia production. We place a strong emphasis on e-safety, ensuring our children develop safe practices when using technology.

Digital Literacy

To foster digital literacy, we immerse our children in a range of real-life scenarios where they apply their knowledge and skills in authentic contexts. We teach them to critically evaluate the credibility and reliability of information sources, understand issues related to online privacy, and develop responsible online behaviors. Collaboration, communication, and information fluency are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Innovative and Engaging Teaching

Our teachers are highly skilled and experienced in delivering outstanding Computing education. They consistently use innovative teaching strategies to engage children and make learning enjoyable. We believe in a hands-on approach, providing regular opportunities for practical exploration, experimentation, and problem-solving.

Cross-Curricular Links

Our exceptional Computing provision is integrated with other subjects across the curriculum. We seize opportunities to reinforce Computing concepts and skills through cross-curricular projects, such as using computer aided design in Art and DT or creating multimedia presentations in English. This approach enhances the relevance of Computing learning and enables children to apply their skills in a broader context.

Use of Technology

We believe in making effective use of technology to enhance teaching and learning experiences. Our school is equipped with up-to-date hardware, software, and online resources. Children have access to a wide range of technological devices, including laptops, tablets, and interactive whiteboards. Teachers use technology-rich resources to demonstrate concepts, provide interactive learning experiences, and engage children in collaborative activities.

Assessing and Monitoring Progress

To ensure outstanding learning outcomes, we employ a variety of assessment methods that inform our teaching and help us track pupil progress effectively.

Formative Assessment

Our teachers use a range of formative assessment techniques, such as questioning, self-assessment, and peer-assessment, to gauge children’s understanding and provide timely feedback. This allows us to identify misconceptions promptly and address them before they become embedded.

Summative Assessment

We conduct regular summative assessments to assess pupil progress against curriculum objectives. These assessments are conducted in a variety of formats, including quizzes, practical projects, and presentations. Results from these assessments are gathered, analyzed, and used to inform future planning.

Impact

High Standards and Achievement

The impact of our outstanding Computing provision is evident through the high standards and achievement of our pupils. We strive to close the digital skills gap, ensuring all pupils possess the necessary skills to thrive in a digital society. Some of our children also achieve above national standards, with a significant number achieving exceptional success in programming and CAD.

Enthusiasm and Engagement

Our children have a genuine enthusiasm and engagement for Computing. They develop a passion for exploring technology and applying their knowledge to solve problems creatively. This enthusiasm extends beyond the Computing lessons and is reflected in the independent learning and extracurricular activities our children pursue.

Digital Citizenship 

Our exceptional Computing provision equips our children with the knowledge and skills needed to be responsible digital citizens. They understand the importance of online safety, respect for others, and ethical use of technology. Children engage in positive online experiences, demonstrating resilience and critical thinking in the face of digital challenges.

Preparedness for Future Careers

Through our Computing education, we ensure that our children are well-prepared for future careers in an increasingly digital world. They develop transferable skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking, creativity, and collaboration, which are valued by employers across various industries. We provide opportunities for children to explore different careers related to Computing, fostering aspirations and ambitions.

Digital Literacy and Wellbeing

Children exhibit responsible and safe use of technology, making informed choices when accessing digital resources. They demonstrate a strong awareness of e-safety, effectively managing risks associated with online activities. Children exhibit positive digital citizenship and ensure their online presence aligns with the values and expectations of the school community.

The Computing provision at Merton Bank contributes to the overall emotional well-being of pupils. Through collaborative projects and problem-solving activities, pupils develop resilience, perseverance, and self-confidence. They embrace challenges, make connections across subjects, and view mistakes as learning opportunities.

Inclusion and Equality

All children, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, benefit from our inclusive Computing curriculum. We provide appropriate support and scaffolding to ensure that all children can access and succeed in Computing. Our curriculum fosters an inclusive and respectful ethos, promoting diversity and equality.

In conclusion, our outstanding Computing provision at our Primary School demonstrates a clear intent, effective implementation, and significant impact on our pupils' learning and development. We strive to equip our pupils with the necessary skills, knowledge, and enthusiasm to become confident and responsible digital citizens in the 21st century.