Computing

At Chapel End Junior Academy, we understand the importance of readying our children for an incredible fast pace competitive world. By teaching Computing well we aim to equip our children with the necessary skills to develop well as learners and become successful professionals as adults. It is our aim through cross curricular and bespoke Computing and Digital Literacy lessons to achieve this for all our students.

At chapel End we also acknowledge this fast-paced world needs regulating and we therefore teach our children how to keep themselves safe online. Lesson will include information such as what personal information is appropriate to share and what to do if something goes wrong. This is taught through bespoke lessons using a variety of sources including Be Internet Legends developed by Google.

Fundamental Great British Values

At Chapel End Junior Academy we understand clearly our responsibility in preparing children for their next stage of education and for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life, laying the foundations so that they can take their place successfully in modern British society. We promote a respect for and understanding of different faiths, cultures and lifestyles. The spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of each child is central to everything that we do as a school and central to our vision of “Dream Believe Achieve”. This is evidenced through our teaching and learning, our inclusive environment and through the many opportunities provided for our children to understand democracy, law, liberty, mutual respect and tolerance.

Planning

At Chapel End Computing can be taught through the thematic approach but it is not essential. The key aim is for the skills to be taught well. Our curriculum is carefully planned to engage and excite all our learners. Our long-term and medium-term plans map out the themes covered each term for each key stage. These plans define what we will teach and ensure an appropriate balance and distribution of work across each term. The teachers can see what they should be teaching each half-term and then plan for the skills encompassed in each area. They then create a medium term mapping out what will happen for each computing session.

Assessment

  • At Chapel End, assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Assessment is used to inform planning and to facilitate differentiation. The assessment of children’s work is on-going to ensure that understanding is being achieved and that progress is being made. Feedback is given to the children as soon as possible. Teachers monitor progress and adjust their teaching accordingly through their weekly planning. Medium term plans are adapted based on assessments.
  • Staff use our newly created in house system based on Excel to assess each skill. Teachers should complete the assessment of skills once the children have been taught said skills or at end of a specific unit.Assessment in computing should be done as follows: Teachers should use Rising Stars Progression record to ensure children have achieved the key skills. The teachers will then use school wide agreed grades of WT, EXS and GDS to assess the children’s learning each term.
  • Teachers monitor children’s progress and adjust their teaching accordingly. Assessment of the children’s work is ongoing to check understanding and ensure that progress is being made. Practical lessons provide hands-on, kinaesthetic learning, ensuring concrete understanding. Assessment is based on questioning and verbal discussion as well as recorded work. Feedback and marking of work is guided by the school’s marking policy and children are given time to respond to this feedback to progress their learning further.

Collecting Evidence

  • Pupil Voice
  • Learning Walk/Lesson Observation
  • Planning Scrutiny
  • Evidence of children’s work – children do not have a book for Computing. However, a specific folder for each unit for each year group has been created, on internal systems and on Google Classroom, and the children save their work there. This allows the subject leader to see what each year group is doing and check the quality of work and coverage of
  • Evaluation is covered through the assessment system mentioned above

PRIORITIES FOR FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

  • Working alongside staff to plan and deliver computing projects that ensure challenge, problem solving, creativity, independence and peer
  • Raise children and staff’s understanding of technical vocabulary linked to computing using Rising Stars resources.
  • Future investment in new hardware to ensure that current standards are maintained and improved upon – currently looking at full replacement of Windows laptops and a server upgrade.
  • Work towards Online Safety Mark.
  • Ensure coverage across the school of key skills
  • Encourage parent participation in Online Safety sessions.
  • Ensuring Google Classroom is used to submit work and feedback is received from and given to children