Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL | 01727 890440

Garden Fields JMI School | Townsend Drive, St Albans, AL3 5RL
01727 890440

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Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Ambition | Respect | Kindness

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

GFS Logo

Garden Fields JMI School

Growing Hearts and Minds

Part of the Alban Academies Trust
Sharing Educational Excellence

CURRICULUM – COMPUTING

Computing Curriculum

What a computer is to me is it’s the most remarkable tool that we have ever come up with. It’s the equivalent of a bicycle for our minds.” Steve Jobs

At Garden Fields we aim to ‘grow hearts and minds’ through providing pupils with an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum. We aim to follow the Purple Mash scheme of work to teach the three main areas of Computing: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy, as well as embedding the Rising Stars online safety unit of work into our Computing curriculum. Our Computing program ensures that all pupils are able to use computational thinking in their learning across all curriculum areas, with a secure understanding of how to stay safe online. At Garden Fields we believe this is essential in preparing our pupils for the digital world.

You can find out more in our 3 Is; Intent, Implementation and Impact.

Intent

At Garden Fields we intend to:

  • Ensure pupils become positive digital citizens by teaching them how to stay safe online, understanding the risks and building resilience to manage and navigate the online environment.
  • Teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
  • Increase pupil’s confidence and creativity in their uses of technology for a wide range of purposes.
  • Support pupils in becoming digitally literate by using both cognitive and technical skills taught explicitly in Computing lessons and interwoven into other subjects.

Implementation

We teach the National Curriculum through the Purple Mash scheme of work to ensure that there is a clear progression of skills and knowledge. This provides pupils with an in depth understanding of the three strands of Computing. Lessons are sequenced and knowledge and skills are built upon year after year to maximise opportunities and learning for all pupils. At Garden Fields Computing is taught explicitly through weekly lessons and embedded into other areas of the curriculum to enable children to make links with their learning. We work in partnership with Sandringham School as part of the MAT to enrich our provision and prepare pupils for their future education.

At Garden Fields we strive to ensure that all pupils have equal access to our Computing curriculum. In both Computing lessons and other curriculum subjects pupils have access to class iPads, Chromebooks, bee-bots, pro-bots, code-a-pillars, microphones and headphones in school, along with additional technologies provided by the teaching hub of Sandringham.

Each child has a login to Purple Mash that can be accessed both in school and at home. Work can be saved and accessed by the class teacher for assessment and to observe pupil progress.

Each year, we celebrate Safer Internet Day, with activities planned from Reception to Year 6.

A weekly coding club has been implemented to extend pupils understanding of coding and promote a love of the subject.

Impact

The impact of our Computing curriculum is to promote the opportunity for every child to be a confident, creative and responsible digital citizen. We aim for the children to leave Garden Fields School with a secure grasp of how to use technology for a wide range of purposes. We want them to have the opportunity to work with a range of devices and experiment with the new skills they have been taught. Furthermore, we want children to understand how to respect the dangers of the internet, have strategies to cope with uncomfortable content and know where to get help and support. Ultimately, we aim to provide children with the knowledge, skills and enthusiasm to use technology to their benefit in their further education, educational career and beyond.

The Learning Journey below illustrates the Computing curriculum for children from EYFS to Year 6. Each term there is a focus on a main topic supported by knowledge organiser topics.

Click the red stars to view detailed descriptions for the main topic and each of the knowledge organiser topics.