Mr N Loftus - Computing Subject Leader Mrs H Simms - Computing Link Governor
At Eccleston Lane Ends our intent for the Computing element of our school curriculum is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world through digital means. We recognise that our pupils lives, both vocationally and socially, will increasingly take place within a digital medium and therefore, this subject is seen as vital in developing a broad range of skills that will enable not only digital competence but also ensure an understanding of how to be a responsible online citizen; our curriculum therefore places equal emphasis on teaching ‘Online Safety’.
At Eccleston Lane Ends, computing is taught using a blocked curriculum approach. This ensured children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over duration of each of their computing topics. Teachers often richly link their computing curriculum to engaging topics and subjects. Knowledge and skills are mapped across each topic and year group to ensure systematic progression. The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will experience all three strands in each year group, but the subject knowledge imparted becomes increasingly specific and in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring that learning in built upon. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads to them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design and debug programs, explaining their thinking behind their algorithms.
The impact of our curriculum is that by the end of each year, the vast majority of pupils have sustained mastery of the content, that is, they remember it all and are fluent in it as well as some pupils having a greater depth of understanding. We track carefully to ensure pupils are on track to reach expectations of our curriculum.
The impact measure of achieving our school aims in the widest sense is very important. By ensuring that pupils develop effectively into well-rounded individuals who embody our values, have a thirst for learning and are well-prepared for the next stage of their education. In turn, they become valuable future citizens as the desired impact and a result of an outstanding educational offer at Eccleston Lane Ends.