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Computing

Intent

At Oaklands Community Primary School, children obtain a broad range of computing skills through a variety of digital experiences. They use a range of technology confidently, safely and responsibly; this ensures our children will go into the world digitally literate and prepared for society and employment.

Implementation

At Oaklands we enable children to understand and apply concepts of computing through the following four main areas: programming; technology in our lives; multimedia; and handling data. These areas also run alongside e-safety with a holistic approach. As well as this, computing is deeply linked with other areas of the curriculum and is embedded throughout the school.

Computing is taught in an engaging and inclusive way through a clear and effective scheme of work that provides coverage that is in line with the national curriculum. Children have access to a wide range of digital devices throughout their school journey at Oaklands.

The journey begins for Early Years Foundation Stage, with a mixture of taught sessions and practical exploration through child initiated play. Alongside this, children are taught how to use technology safely and follow rules given by a trusted adult.

In Key Stage 1, children are taught the first steps of computer programming, recognising how technology is used in their environment, presenting information and how to present the data they have collected. Throughout Key Stage 2, children’s knowledge and skills in all four areas will develop and advance; children will use a wider range of programmes and devices. They are given the opportunity to think creatively and logically.

Lessons are taught in weekly sessions or blocked together, dependent on the unit covered. A wide range of technology supports the teaching of computing and children have access to these devices to use and present other areas of the curriculum.

Impact

Children at Oaklands both now and throughout their lives are:

  • Confident, competent, proficient users of technology Critical thinkers that can solve problems
  • Responsible, respectful and safe users of data, information and communication technology
  • Creative and imaginative using technology to present, record and share their work to a wider audience
  • Aware of technological uses and developments in the wider world.

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