Through our computing curriculum we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way, in order to flourish. We wish to foster our pupils’ creativity, enabling them to enthusiastically embrace future opportunities. We also aim to equip our pupils with the mindsets needed to tackle the challenges of life in 21st century, by developing resilience and problem-solving skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience, to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their local community, but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
As our class structure regularly changes, the development of learning attitudes (such as valuing mistakes, collaboration, imagination and perseverance) is just as important as subject-related skills. At Harston and Newton we believe the use of technology should support learning across the entire curriculum, to provide meaningful learning contexts; we also want our curriculum to be accessible to every child. As much as possible, Computing is taught with a cross-curricular approach, with discreet lessons covering specific areas such as Understanding Technology and Programming. Our scheme of work has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum objectives, to ensure progression and coverage, and in line with Cambridgeshire Computing Guidance. In lessons, pupils engage in various learning tasks, including unplugged activities. Pupils have access to a range of learning apps and software through the use of laptops, iPads and digital cameras. Work is saved in Pupil Share on the school system, and it is teacher-assessed using the relevant progression documents for each year group. Progress and Attainment are tracked using Tapestry in EYFS and Target Tracker in Years 1 - 6.