Part of the Faculty of STEM
- Mr A. Jones
- Miss M. Thompson
At Milton Primary Academy, our aim is to prepare children with the skills and knowledge needed to be active participants in an ever-changing digital world. We will therefore offer opportunities for them to develop the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. Our children at Milton Primary 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.
What’s more, children at Milton Primary will also utilise computing efficiently to enhance their learning in all subjects. As proficient computer scientists, they will have the opportunity to write and debug code successfully and do this with confidence across different systems and devices. They will become digitally literate – able to use a range of media, express themselves and develop ideas through information technology – and be prepared to become active, responsible citizens in a digital world.
Principles of Outstanding Computing
These are the ‘Principles of Outstanding Art’ at Milton Primary Academy. They were devised and agreed by the children and staff in January 2020, informed by the way we feel that art should be taught across the Academy.
Principle 1: Children are excited and enthusiastic about computing.
Principle 2: Children lead their own learning, asking and answering their own questions about the technology around them.
Principle 3: Computing is practical and hands on and children enjoy learning through creativity and exploration.
Principle 4: Teachers use a range of effective assessment strategies to inform the planning and teaching of computing.
Principle 5: Teachers introduce children to a range of age-appropriate computing terminology, and they use this confidently.
Principle 6: Children and adults appreciate the awe and wonder of technology, making links to how, where and why it forms part of their everyday lives.
Principle 7: The progression of knowledge and understanding in computing is carefully planned for and clearly evident.
Principle 8: 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 and skills 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. It inspires 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.
In the Early Years Foundation Stage, we teach Computing through the Understanding the World strand of the Early Years 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. By the end of the Reception year, they will:
- Know that information can be retrieved from a computer
- Complete a simple program on a computer
- Interact with age-appropriate software
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 learnt at each point in the year for all year groups.
The Contribution of Computing to Teaching and Learning in Other Areas of the Curriculum
Fundamentally, everyone’s experience of the world is cross curricular, as everything that surrounds us can be seen and understood from multiple perspectives. Our computing curriculum at Milton Primary therefore aims to take advantage of a range of opportunities for children to make links between different subject areas, supporting the use and application of what has already been taught and learned in new and different ways and providing opportunities for deep, meaningful learning.
English (inc. Reading): Digital literacy is developed by children designing and producing a wide range of documents and media using different software including Microsoft Publisher, Word and PowerPoint. Algorithms are taught alongside certain writing genres such as writing sets of instructions and allow the children to understand algorithms offline. Children’s reading is also assessed using Accelerated Reader Software, in which children complete electronic reading comprehension quizzes upon reading a book. Summative reading assessment is also carried out electronically to track and monitor children’s progress.
Mathematics: Technology provides many opportunities for children to enhance their mathematical understanding. In school, we support the learning of Times Tables through using Times Tables Rock Stars software. Mathematics homework is often set using My Maths, an online platform, giving children an opportunity to complete tasks digitally. Teachers are also equipped with a good knowledge of a range of websites with a variety of interactive games and activities designed to enhance mathematical understanding. As part of academy life, computing is also used to record and present mathematical data, either via graphs or spreadsheet software. It is also used to teach children about position and direction when using programmed hardware.
History and Geography: Computing is widely used and underpins many aspects of our project work at Milton Primary. For example, research is a key aspect of learning within projects and the internet is a major source of information to enhance learning. In addition to this, Minecraft software is also frequently used to immerse children in project learning and to enable them to recreate historical landmarks. Examples of this are Year 5 creating Anderson shelters using Minecraft, linked to a World War 2 project, and Year 6 constructing pyramids in line with their Ancient Egypt Topic.
SMSC and British Values: Children being safe online is of paramount importance at Milton Primary Academy. Whilst promoting the internet as an invaluable tool and source of information, we are committed to ensuring that E-safety is taught consistently, and this is delivered through SMSC lessons. Children are also given the opportunity to understand concepts such as a digital footprint and online identity, with a view to them being able to independently keep themselves safe online.
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 Reception 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 1 said… “I enjoy having iPad time and playing ‘Obb and Bob’”
Jacob in Year 4 said… “Using the iPads helps us in our topic lessons to find our lots of information about things that happened thousands of years ago!’”
Theo in Year 6 said… “I find it interesting when we use the Minecraft software to build different worlds linked to our topic lessons but wish we could do more of this.”
Theo said it… we did it!! Great point Theo – we’ve recently reviewed our use of the Minecraft scheme of work and you’ll now find that there’s much more opportunities for use right across the curriculum!
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).