Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and 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.
Department of Education, 2013
Intent, Implement, Impact Statement
Computing at Eastbury Community School intends to develop ‘thinkers of the future’ through a modern, ambitious and relevant education in computing. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity that will enable them to become active participants in the digital world. It is important to us that the children understand how to use the ever-changing technology to express themselves, as tools for learning and as a means to drive their generation forward into the future.
Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.
Our aim is to provide a computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital contexts. Beyond teaching computing discreetly, we will give pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.
Our scheme of work for Computing is adapted from the ‘iLearn2’ Curriculum and covers all aspects of the National Curriculum. This scheme was chosen as it has been created by subject experts and based on the latest pedagogical research. It provides an innovative progression framework where computing content (concepts, knowledge, skills and objectives) has been organised into interconnected networks called learning graphs.
The curriculum aims to equip young people with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. The curriculum can be broken down into 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy, with the aims of the curriculum reflecting this distinction.
The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure all pupils:
can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
We attempt to be as cross curricular as possible using the iPads to access online resources such as Accelerated Reader. In addition to this, should your child be off for any reason, we still encourage the use of BBC Bitesize, Maths No Problem- parent guide, White Rose, Class Dojo and Tapestry.
The use of Class Dojo and Tapestry has been a tremendous help ensuring that there is still an open line of communication between home and school as well as the school website and class pages.
At Eastbury, we encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the why behind their learning and not just the how. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond.
We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally and observing learning regularly.
Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.
E-Safety and Digital Citizenship
A key part of implementing our computing curriculum was to ensure that safety of our pupils is paramount. We take online safety very seriously and we aim to give children the necessary skills to keep themselves safe online. Children have a right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring them, appropriate to their age and stage.
Children build online resilience through the use of the ‘PSHE Association' framework. The framework aims to support and broaden the provision of online safety education, so that it is empowering, builds resilience and effects positive culture change. The objectives promote the development of safe and appropriate long-term behaviours, and support educators in shaping the culture within their setting and beyond.
Within each year group topics include:
Self Image and Identity - This strand explores the differences between online and offline identity beginning with self-awareness, shaping online identities and media influence in propagating stereotypes. It identifies effective routes for reporting and support and explores the impact of online technologies on self-image and behaviour.
Online Relationships - This strand explores how technology shapes communication styles and identifies strategies for positive relationships in online communities. It offers opportunities to discuss relationships, respecting, giving and denying consent and behaviours that may lead to harm and how positive online interaction can empower and amplify voice.
Online Reputation - This strand explores the concept of reputation and how others may use online information to make judgements. It offers opportunities to develop strategies to manage personal digital content effectively and capitalise on technology’s capacity to create effective positive profiles.
Online Bullying - This strand explores bullying and other online aggression and how technology impacts those issues. It offers strategies for effective reporting and intervention and considers how bullying and other aggressive behaviour relates to legislation.
Managing Online information - This strand explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation of data, the recognition of risks and the management of online threats and challenges. It explores how online threats can pose risks to our physical safety as well as online safety. It also covers learning relevant to ethical publishing.
Health Well-being and Lifestyle - This strand explores the impact that technology has on health, well-being and lifestyle e.g. mood, sleep, body health and relationships. It also includes understanding negative behaviours and issues amplified and sustained by online technologies and the strategies for dealing with them.
Privacy and Security - This strand explores how personal online information can be used, stored, processed and shared. It offers both behavioural and technical strategies to limit impact on privacy and protect data and systems against compromise.
Copyright and Ownership - This strand explores the concept of ownership of online content. It explores strategies for protecting personal content and crediting the rights of others as well as addressing potential consequences of illegal access, download and distribution.
E-Safety will now be implemented throughout the year for all year groups:
Long Term Planning
Autumn 1 - Mouse and Keyboard Skills
Autumn 2 - Text and Images
Spring 2 - 3D Design
Summer 1 - Music Creation
Summer 2 - Introducing Programming
Autumn 2 - Data Handling
Spring 2 - Introduction to Animation
Summer 1 - Developing Programming
Summer 2 - Programming in Scratch
Autumn 1 - Document Editing and Creation
Autumn 2 - Storyboards
Summer 1 - Programming in Scratch
Summer 2 - Programming in Kodu
Autumn 1 - Internet Research
Autumn 2 - Inside a Computing
Spring 2 - E-Book Creation
Summer 1 - Programming in Scratch
Summer 2 - Video Editing
Summer 1 - Programming in Scratch
Summer 2 - Programming in Sphero
Spring 1 - Python Programming Language
Spring 2 - Programming in Scratch
Summer 1 - Virtual Reality
Summer 2 - Web Design
Computing Skills Progression
ECS Primary Online Safety Tips!
Evidence of Good Practice
Safer Internet Day (Whole School)
Computing at Home
Barefoot (KS1 and KS2)
Downloadable activities and games for children, links to live lessons and a guide for parents - includes cross-curricular lesson plans and resources that unpack computational thinking in a range of subjects.
Code Club (KS2)
Projects and activities for home learning and a parent guide.
STEM Learning e-Library (KS1 and KS2)
An online resource bank, which links to resources on external websites. The site features a live chat function offering support from subject experts. New home learning resources are being developed.
Raspberry Pi Foundation – Digital Making at Home (KS2)
Join the weekly code-along using open projects based on a weekly theme, with different levels available for all abilities, allowing you to be open-ended with opportunities for making and creativity.
Computing at School - Home Learning (KS1 and KS2)
Information and links to a range of at home computing activities
Thinkfun – All ages
Unplugged activities for children to learn the basics about algorithms without a computer.
Things to do
Computing (coding) is important for children as it will help improve their mathematics and writing skills, it will give them valuable life skills, which will be used eventually in the workplace. Develop your child’s skill by start learning the basics of coding; you do not even need a computer! Problem solving, thinking creatively, and it helps them to develop resilience.
Below are some links giving details of the benefits, risks and keeping safe using the internet and technology, which parents and children will find useful:
All parents and carers should be aware of internet safety and what you can do to help protect your child/children. Our School’s Online Safety Policy is available in the the policies section of this website.
- What are the issues?, UK Safer Internet Centre: https://www.saferinternet.org.uk/advice-centre/parents-and-carers/what-are-issues
- Hot topics, Childnet International: http://www.childnet.com/parents-and-carers/hot-topics
- Parent factsheet, Childnet International: https://www.childnet.com/ufiles/Parents-and-carers-resource-sheet-1019.pdf
Also available are: