Roach Vale Primary School

Roach Vale, Colchester, Essex CO4 3YN

01206 861324

admin@roachvale.essex.sch.uk

 

Intent

 

  • To ensure that all pupils achieve their full potential in computing
  • To build a solid foundation of computing knowledge and skills for an increasingly digital world
  • To model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely so that they become inspiring and caring members of the local and global community
  • To balance our knowledge rich curriculum with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively to help our pupils become skilful computer scientists and digitally literate
  • To try to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible

 

Roach Vale Primary School uses the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme.  This was chosen as the materials are suitable for all pupils irrespective of their skills, background or additional needs.  The scheme uses a variety of engaging APPs and programmes which link in with other areas of the curriculum enabling children to make connections with their learning.  It was also chosen for our pupils as the themes are based on a spiral curriculum - the themes are revisited regularly through each new unit, so that the children can consolidate and build on their prior learning.  This means that children are less likely to forget knowledge and ensures that they are making connections with their learning.  The Teach Computing activities are also scaffolded so that all pupils can succeed and thrive in Computing.

 

Every year group learns through units within the same four themes.  This means that the children are able to progress their skills and concepts from one-year group to the next:

  • Computing systems and networks
  • Programming
  • Data and Information
  • Creating Media

 

Internet Safety is embedded throughout the Computing curriculum, which links in with our school values of responsibility, respect and kindness.  Internet Safety Day takes place each year where children take place in a range of activities to enhance this safety message.