Computing at Bolsover
.To understand and change the world.
Technology - an integral part of everyday life.
At Bolsover Junior School, Computing challenges our pupils to use computational and creative thinking in order to become competent, active and responsible participants in the technologically rich world in which we live. Computing is implemented through both discrete and cross-curricular teaching with content that is relevant and purposeful. Our Computing curriculum provides all children of Bolsover the opportunity to become digitally literate, and to have the skills to express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. Our aim is to always teach skills that the children can apply beyond Bolsover and so computing is taught meaningful real-life contexts. Computing has deep links with Maths, Science and Design Technology and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Through practical and meaningful real-life contexts, pupils learn a variety of transferable skills and have the opportunity to continually practise, apply and build upon previous learning.
Despite school closure in 2020, our curriculum continues to be broad, balanced and include the essential knowledge, understanding and skills whilst at the same time working to recover missed learning that is essential for our pupils to progress. As a consequence, we have developed policies and practices, including a blended learning approach to ensure standards both in and out of school remain high and that learning time is maximized. The intentions of the curriculum are deeply rooted within the work of the school where approaches are adapted to meet the changing demands in society whilst ensuring we serve our children and community with a bespoke core.
Progression of Skills
Assessment in Computing
As with all areas of the curriculum, assessment is an integral part of the teaching process. Class teachers should keep records of work carried out, and levels of achievement of the work. It should be process orientated - reviewing the way that techniques and skills are applied purposefully by pupils to demonstrate their understanding of the concepts of ICT and Computing.
The Purple Mash scheme of work consists of seven to eight Units of work. For each unit of work there is an assessment for class teachers to assess the children against the success criteria of each lesson. This allows for formative assessment. It is used to guide the process of individual pupils in Computing. It involves identifying each child’s progress in each aspect of the curriculum, determining what each child has learnt and what should therefore be the next step in their learning. Children’s progress in Computing is reported to parents through the pupil annual report and consultation meetings throughout the year.
The assessments made throughout the academic year are recorded and used to inform the end of year reports to parents/guardians. The co-ordinator, with support from the Senior Leadership team, will also carry out annual Computing drop ins, work scrutinise, evaluations of lesson planning, conducting pupil interviews, discussions with pupils, staff and parents as well as carrying out formal lesson observations.