This is a Good School

Ofsted says "Pupils achieve well and make good progress"

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Governance is strong

"Governors understand the strengths and weaknesses of the school"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Teaching is good

"Teachers and TAs work together very well to support pupils' development."

Curriculum design is inspiring

"It is complemented by an extensive range of enrichment activities"

Pupils achieve well

"They make good progress from their starting points in reading, writing and mathematics"

Pupils' behaviour is good

"They demonstrate high levels of respect and are considerate of each other's needs."

Computing

Curriculum Intent

At Leighterton Primary School, we recognise that computers and computing are part of everyday life and it is essential that we equip our children with the skills and knowledge to not only use digital technologies effectively but also safely and responsibly.

We live in a rapidly changing world, in which IT is playing an increasing role.  We aim to provide children with the skills to adapt to new technology and to give them confidence to use IT and computing skills to further their learning and to assist them in everyday life.

Computing is an important part of our school curriculum and we build on the skills developed previously and teach children the new skills that are required. At Leighterton Primary School, we teach computing using the Integra scheme of work, which supports all skills and objectives outlined in the National Curriculum.

The curriculum puts a clear emphasis on three areas of learning:

  • Computer science – how computers work and how to write algorithms and solve problems to eventually create a computer program.
  • Information technology – how data is represented and managed on computers.
  • Digital literacy – how to understand digital information and interact with it safely and appropriately.

Our aims are to:

  • Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for Computing at Key Stages 1 and 2.
  • Enable the children to understand how to use computers and digital tools safely and stay safe online.
  • Provide a broad, balanced, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for all pupils.
  • Equip pupils with the confidence and skills to use digital technologies.
  • Enhance and enrich learning in other curriculum areas by cross curricular use of ICT.

Computing Implementation 

At Leighterton Primary School we teach discrete Computing lessons to develop knowledge, skills and understanding and also provide a range of opportunities throughout school to use Computing skills across the curriculum.

In Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), technology forms an element of the EYFS goal understanding the world.  It aims to ensure that children recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools and can select and use technology for particular purposes.

In Key Stages 1 and 2, all class teachers follow the Integra Computing scheme of work. This planning ensures good progression and coverage across the primary age range, with prior learning being revisited and then built on across the key stages.  In each class, children are taught:

  • Programming
  • Online safety
  • The impact of technology
  • Data
  • Media

At the heart of our Computing curriculum is ‘Digital Literacy’.  Through this, children will be taught the importance of using technologies safely, appropriately and responsibly.

Curriculum Impact

Having followed our Computing curriculum, children will leave Leighterton Primary School being digitally literate.  They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely.  The most important impact we want for our children is that they understand how to keep themselves safe online.

As children become more skilled in Computing, they will become more independent and develop key life skills such as problem solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation.

Through assessment, the teaching team know which children have met or have not met the expected outcomes in Computing and children who have not yet met the expected outcome receive further support. Our curriculum is designed to be sequential building on areas worked on in previous years, allowing children to build on their previous skills and allowing peer to peer support across many areas of the curriculum.  Our expectations are high and we aim to equip children to use technology throughout their lives academically and socially.