Computing at Whitefield
As computers underpin today’s modern lifestyle it is crucial that all pupils gain the confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a fast developing and ever-changing technical environment.
Computing Statement of Intent
We believe that at Whitefield Primary Academy all pupils should have access to a full computing curriculum that will enable them to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to access the curriculum and be able to competently use the technology in their daily lives of a rapidly changing world.
Through our ‘Integrated Curriculum’, which has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, children will gain the relevant skills they need in a fun and creative way. Helping all children to use computers with purpose and enjoyment whilst increasing their motivation and confidence and to become responsible, competent, confident, and creative users of information and communication technology (ICT).
Children will develop computational thinking on how to solve problems in a logical way through programming opportunities. As well as be given opportunities for communication and collaboration which develops an understanding of the purposes for using technology and the wider applications of computer systems and communication technology in society, including links to school and home.
Children are taught to understand the capabilities and limitations of ICT and the implications and consequences of its use and how to stay safe in a digital world.
Implementation of Computing
Computing skills are taught both discretely and in blocks through our ‘Integrated Curriculum’ and are carefully planned to provide engaging contexts in other subjects and topics as well as access to a variety of devices and resources. Knowledge and skills are mapped across each topic and year group to ensure systematic progression. At Whitefield, we have a developed a curriculum that embeds the core skills and objectives of the ‘Teach Computing’ Framework, organised by the National Centre for Computing Education with some elements of the Rising Stars ‘Switched on Computing’ Framework to ensure that our scheme of work is taught in line with the National Curriculum for computing.
Furthermore, computing is integrated into our well-being curriculum, and we encourage staff to imbed computing through core subjects of reading, writing and maths where used imaginatively it engages all learners, widen their learning opportunities, and is fundamental into helping children to achieve the highest possible standards of achievement in their learning.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. Our children are confident using a wide range of hardware and software and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another.
Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed in our computing lessons equip pupils with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education, and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Whitefield Primary Academy gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.