At Rednal Hill Junior School, we believe that the teaching of computing and the use of technology, is pivotal in preparing children to be successful in the ever changing, digital world we live in. Our successful teaching of the computing curriculum teaches children to safely and respectfully use devices with the technical skills that will be needed to effectively use these technologies now, and in later life. We aim for our children to become ‘Computational thinkers’, with a good understanding of computer science. This focuses on how digital systems work and this knowledge to use through programming. Our pupils are taught to become digitally literate and know how to use a range of programs and software to communicate their ideas and present information and know how to use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content.
Pupils from years' 3-6 take part in a weekly computer lesson, in a purpose built computer suite, which has received increased funding recently. These lessons are all taught by the computing lead teacher and this ensures there is consistency, continuity and progression in throughout the key stage. To ensure that computing curriculum is thoroughly covered, it is taught as a discrete subject but links are made to topics where appropriate.
Weekly lessons are documented in a class journal which includes photos from lessons and examples of work produced. The coverage of lessons is also shared with parents and carers through a year group computing blog on the school website. Our children have the opportunity for offsite learning and have visited specialist workshops to develop their skills.
Rednal Hill Junior School pupils have benefited from increased funding and consistency in the teaching of Computing. Pupils both enjoy and make good progress in computing and this is assessed in a range of ways. All pupils are assessed using a scoring system at the end of each topic to document overall achievement. This method of assessment identifies if children have met all, most or some of the targets in the topic and help to identify individual strengths or weaknesses in computing. These assessments help to inform pupil’s annual reports.
Pupil’s confidence in their own abilities is also assessed through a scored self-assessment system. Children assess what they can do at the start of a topic and then again at the end. These assessments help pupils to take control of their own learning and reflect on the acquisition of new skills.
Computing at Rednal is a subject area which has been entirely revised, enhanced and developed over the past two years and we are confident that the subject is taught thoroughly with the pupil’s needs, interests and lifelong skills at the very heart of its teaching.
Mrs. L. Allan
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