St Thomas CE (VC) Primary School
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By Benedict Smith
At St Thomas, Computing skills build from Early Years to Year 6 by following the National Curriculum and our own Computing Skills Progression plan. Our curriculum is designed to help all pupils develop into keen, competent users of digital devices and content, so that each can play their part in an increasingly digital society. St Thomas pupils go on from using basic apps and typing their name to editing text, understanding E-Safety, creating and debugging programmes, to collecting and analysing data. Our curriculum facilitates all of the children at St Thomas to become digital citizens, who can not only access technology, but can use it safely and effectively. As children master Computing at St Thomas, both in school time and with remote learning, they will become digital practitioners in High School and the wider world. As the National Curriculum sets out, we are teaching children to be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Computing is taught as a formal lesson on a weekly basis in every class at St Thomas – however, iPads and computers are used across the curriculum in Maths, English, Science, History, Geography, Art and R.E. lessons. Every class has access to iPads and desktop computers. Although the National Curriculum guidance for Computing is fairly brief, we endeavour to use information and communication technology in every possible lesson at St Thomas, as we are aware that our pupils will be the digital citizens of the future. We use Computing for Art in the Early Years Foundation Stage, for gathering and displaying data in Key Stage One, to learn coding in Key Stage Two and for our Topic lessons to produce Powerpoint, Word documents and animations to explore and explain humanities subjects across the entire school. Children are encouraged to make the best use of information and communication technology at home (where possible) as well as at school. The aim of the Computing curriculum at St Thomas is always simple: to engage every pupil in becoming the digital practitioners that they will need to be to take part in the digital society of the UK and the world in the future.
The Curriculum Impact of Computing at St Thomas is assessed in a variety of ways. Class teachers and ETAs follow the St Thomas Skills Progression documents; they conduct Skills Audits with various apps and software; they use AFL to assess Computing work that is put in exercise books and on display. Both teacher planning and children’s outputs are regularly assessed by the Computing Subject Coordinator, while examples of best practice are shared with staff members and children alike, to promote the very best use of information and communication technology at St Thomas. Children who produce exemplary work are recognised with daily Class Dojo Points, celebrated in weekly Good Work Assemblies and those children who make exceptional contributions to Computing at St Thomas are rewarded in the termly Digital Champion Awards.