Part of the Faculty of STEM
- Miss M. Thompson
- Mr A. Jones
At Milton Primary Academy, our aim is to prepare children with the substantive and disciplinary knowledge needed to be active participants in an ever-changing digital world. We will therefore offer opportunities for them to develop the knowledge, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing.
What is more, the children at Milton Primary Academy will also use the internet in a safe and respectful way, understanding the necessary precautions to take to stay safe and know where to seek help. They will utilise computing efficiently to enhance their learning in all subjects, and as proficient computer scientists, they will have the opportunity to write and debug codes successfully and do this with confidence, before programming them into the different systems, software and devices they are using.
Overall, children at Milton Primary Academy will become digitally literate – able to use a range of media, express themselves and develop ideas through information technology; they will be prepared to become active, responsible citizens in a digital world. They will also be able to make links between different areas of computing and between computing and the wider world.
Principles of Outstanding Computing
These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding’ computing at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in September 2021, informed by the way we feel that computing should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about computing, as they are taught to know more and remember more.
Principle 2: Lessons are carefully planned and delivered, so that new material is delivered in a way that is clear, interesting and useful.
Principle 3: Instruction is focused on the learning intention and pedagogical tools do not detract from the knowledge that needs to be remembered.
Principle 4: Through spaced-retrieval, previously taught content is revisited to ensure that new content can be understood and is retained in the long-term memory.
Principle 5: Formative assessment is regularly used to check that children retain knowledge and that they can retrieve previously taught content from their long-term memory.
Principle 6: Teachers enable children to access a range of enrichment opportunities, both within and beyond the curriculum.
Computing Subject Leader
My name is Miss. Thompson and I lead computing at Milton Primary Academy. Computing now plays a huge role in all of our lives and I am privileged to ensure that the children at our academy are equipped with the necessary knowledge to enter an increasingly digital, literacy dependent working world in the future.
I fondly recall my own experiences of computing at primary school and recognise the impact and importance that it had on developing my understanding of computing, which I now use professionally and in everyday life. Computing is an important subject because it can enrich learning across other subjects, and I encourage and support all staff in identifying opportunities for this to happen at Milton Primary Academy. I also believe that the internet is an invaluable tool with endless benefits which have changed the landscape of our daily lives forever. I am however passionate about ensuring that children are aware of how they can be safe on the internet and that importantly, they can evidence doing so while working online.
My leadership of computing is underpinned by a long-standing enthusiasm for the subject and as a result I find great pleasure in continually broadening my own understanding of the subject. I also strive to keep myself up to date with developments and new opportunities in what is a growing subject area, in order to enhance children’s learning.
At Milton Primary Academy, we aim to provide a computing curriculum that is creative, inclusive, challenging and inspired by the real-world. We follow the curriculum created by the Nation Centre for Computing Education (NCCE), which is funded by the Department for Education. Our curriculum is enriched through the use of high-quality resources (provided by the NCCE to match their curriculum), programmes and software. Our computing curriculum and the lessons we teach inspire future thinkers, innovators and problem solvers in an immersive environment that stimulates curiosity and supports high-quality learning, allowing each and every learner to fulfil their potential.
The computing areas of study are set out in the Foundation Stage Curriculum and National Curriculum 2014.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach Computing through the Understanding the World strand of the Early Years Framework and through completing activities that are linked to ‘Education for a Connected World’ Framework. Ongoing experiences and opportunities linking to children’s developing understanding of the world are planned from the objectives set out in the Early Years Framework, which underpin the curriculum planning for children aged 3-5 at Milton Primary Academy.
The experiences that we provide ensure that children develop a secure understanding of the world around them, and by the end of the reception year, children will have developed an awareness and understanding of the technologically diverse world around them.
KS1 and KS2:
The Primary National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that 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.
With this in mind, our programme of study for computing clearly sets out what will be taught and learned at each point in the year for all year groups.
Assessment in Computing
At Milton Primary Academy we all agree that the effective assessment of children’s learning helps us to ensure that each child makes good or better progress so that ‘Together We Achieve Our Best.’ This section therefore outlines the various assessment methods and practices that we use to monitor pupil progress and attainment in computing at Milton Primary, and also ensures that the activities that we plan for our children are suitably matched to their ability and level of development.
Formative Assessment (AfL): During the teaching of each National Curriculum objective, teachers will formatively assess the work produced by the children and this help them to monitor and plan for progression. During lessons, children will also be given live verbal feedback to inform them of their progress and this provides an opportunity for teachers to address any misconceptions or errors the children may encounter.
Summative Assessment: At the end of each project, teachers also make a summative judgement relating to the children’s knowledge and understanding of the content taught, in line with the objectives set out in the National Curriculum. This information is then recorded on an online database, allowing our academy leaders to track and monitor the progress and attainment of individuals as they make their way through the school.
Educational Visits and Enrichment
At Milton Primary Academy we place great emphasis on the importance of educational visits and visitors to enhance the teaching and learning of computing. These visits and visitors, which provide valuable opportunities for learning through first-hand experience, are therefore an integral part of the curriculum and allow our children to make valuable connections between what they have learned in class and their first-hand experiences in the real-world.
Whole School Enrichment and Clubs: At Milton Primary, Internet Safety Week is a chance for computing to take centre stage. All children learn about how to be safe online and are given lots of online and offline tasks designed to learn about e-safety. Children are also given the opportunity to enhance their interest and learning in computing by being offered a weekly after school club, during which children are given a voice in which areas of computing they would wish to focus.
At Milton Primary Academy we believe that the view of every pupil is important to ensure that we provide the best education possible. Here is a selection of pupil voice collected during the 2019/20 academic year, and in some cases, what we are doing / have done to improve the computing education that we provide.
Darcy in Year 1 said… “I like playing games on the whiteboard and using the computer.”
Gracie in Reception said.. “We use peer critique to tell our friends how they can make their work better.”
Otis in Year 2 said… “I enjoy having iPad time and playing ‘Obb and Bob’”
Jacob in Year 5 said… “Using the iPads helps us in our topic lessons to find our lots of information about things that happened thousands of years ago!’”
Please see below a selection of documents that relate to the intent, implementation, and impact of computing teaching and learning at Milton Primary Academy. If you require any additional information relating to this subject, then please contact the subject leader, Miss M. Thompson, via the academy office (firstname.lastname@example.org).