Our Vision for Computing
At Junction Farm we believe that the following elements create an effective learning environment.
All of us Learning – All of the Time
Making learning fun
Challenging and Achieving
Our belief is that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has fast become one of the essentials for learning and life, and has the potential to transform the lives of all those involved in its many uses.
National Curriculum Aims
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
All children will be taught the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EY) and National Curriculum programmes of study for Key Stages 1 and 2 as outlined below:
Early Years (EY)
Children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. They select and use technology for particular purposes.
Birth to 11 months
8 to 20 months
• The beginnings of understanding technology lie in babies exploring and making sense of objects and how they behave.
16 to 26 months
• Anticipates repeated sounds, sights and actions, e.g. when an adult demonstrates an action toy several times.
• Shows interest in toys with buttons, flaps and simple mechanisms and beginning to learn to operate them.
22 to 36 months
• Seeks to acquire basic skills in turning on and operating equipment.
• Operates mechanical toys, e.g. turns the knob on a wind-up toy or pulls back on a friction car.
30 to 50 months
• Knows how to operate simple equipment.
• Shows an interest in technological toys with knobs or pulleys, or real objects.
• Shows skill in making toys work by pressing parts or lifting flaps to achieve effects such as sound, movements or new images.
• Knows that information can be retrieved from computers.
40 to 60+ months
• Completes a simple program on a computer.
• Interacts with age-appropriate computer software.
Key stage 1
Pupils should be taught to:
Key stage 2
Pupils should be taught to:
All pupils are taught discreet ICT lessons from Early Years Foundation Stage (EY) TO Year 6 following the Rising Stars ‘Switched On’ Scheme of work. This scheme has been adapted to reflect the school context. This scheme ensures progression in the development of computing techniques and capability (capability is defined by ourselves as knowledge and understanding).
Pupils are then given the chance to apply these techniques and skills in relation to other subject areas, stimulating creativity. These further opportunities to use purposeful ICT capability across the curriculum are vital, creating the skilled learners of the future as outlined in the vision.
To help improve problem solving and creative thinking, where appropriate, teachers should move from being teachers to facilitators. For example giving children a task to solve and letting them choose the most appropriate ‘solution’.
Children will also be given the opportunity to extend learning (including communication and collaboration) in and beyond the school gates. This will be facilitated with the ongoing and developing use of the Learning Platform.
In lessons, ICT is used proficiently by staff to enhance the delivery of the National Curriculum and to motivate and engage pupils in lively interactive lessons catering for all needs and learning preferences.
To implement the vision of staff CPD, regular meetings will take place to share best practise, to facilitate peer tutoring and to reflect on emerging technologies, as well as analysing and reflecting on current methods.
By showing our commitment to investment in ICT (ensuring technologies are up-to-date and a hardware/software renewal strategy in place), we can build improved capacity that will ensure we can deliver a curriculum that will fulfil our broad visions for the future.
For the full Computing Policy please CLICK HERE.