At Millfield, we try to integrate the use of computers into as many areas of the curriculum that we can. We were one of the first primary schools in the area to adopt interactive white boards and networked PCs and we intend to provide your children with the skills they need for the digital age.
We have upgraded our computing provision with Netbooks for all classes and have a managed wireless network to enable the children and staff to enhance their learning and teaching.
There will be three main areas of study in the new curriculum:
Computer science (CS) – roughly covers the programming aspect of computers;
Information Technology (IT) – covers the use of software on devices;
Digital Literacy DL, – covers e-safety and the way we use computers today.
Each class will have dedicated computing sessions where specific computer skills will be delivered. It is expected that all the other areas of the curriculum will use computers where appropriate to enhance the children’s learning.
Children will be expected to complete at least 2 ICT projects per year from the list below which will be assessed against a success criteria that is to be agreed before they start. This will have an accepted level (expected) and a higher level (exceeding) anyone not achieving will be classed asemerging.
For computer Science assessment, the children will be assessed against a programming progression ladder as shown below. Where possible, the children will be allowed to progress at their own pace through the use of the given commands but be given increasingly challenging tasks to solve.
The assessment programme will be used to allow the teacher to give an overall judgement of each child’s ability against their peers. This will be reviewed after a year to improve reliability.
Year 1 to 3 working with a large amount of guidance but years 4 to 6 working largely independently on similar projects to what they did in years 1 to 3
A class record of what projects each year group does will be kept and passed up to the new teacher so that repetition is avoided.
E- Safety is a high priority for us and all children are taught how to stay safe. Specific E-safety lessons will take place at least once per term and will be included as topics during weekly discussion groups.