Computing

Our computing lead is Mrs C Moore.
 
The aims for our computing curriculum taken from the National Curriculum:
At Russell Lower School, we want all children to:
  • understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. 
  • be able to analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. 
  • be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Intent

At Russell, we strive to be technological whizzes!

We aim to produce a computing curriculum that inspires autonomous, independent users of technology which promotes curiosity and the ability to problem solve.  Throughout the school we encourage our staff and pupils to be ambitious in their use of technology, leading to confident technology users in and out of school. 

Following our milestone documents we plan opportunities for children to learn and develop life skills in a fun, engaging and purposeful way. For example, in the autumn term Year 4 develop their use of word through replying to a job advert linked to their theme ‘Memory Box, very much as they will later in life.  

Through the use of Discovery Education Coding from Year 1 to 4 to support our planning and teaching pupils gain a secure understanding of coding concepts like algorithms, sequences and variables. They also develop logical reasoning and problem-solving all whilst maintaining creativity and meaningful links to real life. The children are highly engaged within these lessons and feel proud of what they are able to accomplish.

E-Safety is at the heart of our computing curriculum and is a common thread across the whole of the school.  It is our responsibility to ensure that children know how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly and they are able to recognise unacceptable behaviour and know how to raise this. Each year the whole school recognises safer internet day whereby children are encouraged to think about the technology they are using at home and how to improve their safety whilst using this technology.  The children enjoy making posters and presentations in order to share their top tips and to promote internet safety. Within Russell we also recognise the importance of educating our parents around this issue and regularly hold E-Safety parent workshops led by Bedfordshire Police and have a section of the website dedicated to E-Safety.

We believe in the value of technology supporting learning across all areas of the curriculum and recognise the importance of our pupils experiencing a breadth of experiences in order to strengthen their individual understanding as well as becoming a responsible digital citizen.

Long term plans
Milestone example
Further milestone documents for all year groups are available, on request, to demonstrate our skill progression.