ICT & Computing
Through our Computing Curriculum, we aim to equip all pupils with the skills and creativity to use information technology, create programs and become digitally literate.
This will enable them to be responsible, active participants in the future workplace and the digital world.
At Westmoor we use a clear progression map to ensure that skills and knowledge are built on year by year and sequenced appropriately to maximise learning for all children. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught in three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology.
Within digital literacy, children learn how to use ICT safely and develop the ability to learn new skills and use them to solve relevant, worthwhile problems including safe use of internet, networks and email. They learn about the importance of online privacy, use of passwords and how to evaluate information they read online.
As part of information technology, children learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT. This includes using written, graphic and video software to present ideas in a variety of media.
In computer science we teach children to sequence instructions, understand and programme algorithms and deconstruct problems into smaller steps.
Children are provided with cross curricular opportunities to apply their Computing knowledge and skills. Online safety is taught as a unit each year and online safety procedures are communicated with all staff and parents.
The Curriculum Impact of Computing at Westmoor is assessed in a variety of ways. Class teachers follow the progression map; they conduct skills checks using Hour of Code software; they use AFL to assess Computing work that is put in exercise books and on display. Both teacher planning and children’s outputs are regularly assessed by the Computing Subject Coordinator, while examples of best practice are shared with staff members and children alike, to promote the very best use of information and communication technology. Children who produce exemplary work are recognised with daily team points and celebrated in weekly good work assemblies. Children who make exceptional contributions to Computing are awarded the termly Digital Champion Award.