Computing Science at Easton
Computing is a scientific area of study having deep links with mathematics and design technology and provides insight into both natural and artificial systems.
Our view of Computing at Easton is that through developing a deep understanding in the principles of information and computation and how digital systems work, children will become responsible, competent, confident and therefore creative learners when they apply these key concepts to programming with a love for the subject.
Whilst computing science is taught across the school, children will have opportunities to progressively build on knowledge and understanding in each year group developing their skills with information technology to create programs through the enrichment of a range of mediums.
Computing fosters an attitude of exploration and investigation where algorithms, logic and problem solving is integral to learning the languages of computing. At Easton Computing is viewed to provide life skills nurtured and developed to allow children to become digitally literate in order to manipulate at a level that is suitable for their future workplace and allowing them to be active in their use of this in a digital world.
Computing science encompasses an everchanging and diverse technological world, for this reason, we have made it our intention to make Online- Safety core to the teaching of and learning in computing science.
At Easton Primary School, Computing Science is taught for one hour per week from Years 1 to 6. EYFS have access to an engaging computing curriculum with a curiosity approach to their continuous provision.
Computing is taught following the National Curriculum (2014) objectives using the Rising Stars Computing framework which is rotated in cycles for each class, to ensure that there is depth and breadth in the computing curriculum.
Pupils are assessed on their progression of skills and knowledge of the curriculum using the school’s assessment system Target Tracker. Termly, the Computing Coordinator carries out data analysis for staff to ensure that pupil’s receive a thorough understanding of the computing curriculum and adaptations can be made where needed in liaison with the Curriculum Leader.
Throughout the year enrichment opportunities are scheduled to ignite and inspire curiosity in computing from STEM visits in KS1 and KS2 as well as coding clubs and competitions throughout the year.
At Easton Primary School, we value the contribution our children make to Online Safety where E-Safety Advocates, workshops, assemblies and additional input for Online Safety is built into the computing curriculum. Discussions around Online Safety is part of all computing lessons where appropriate, and children are expected to take responsibility for their conduct online. Children sign an Online Safety User Agreement to reflect this and are part of reviewing its validity each year.