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COMPUTING

  • Intent

    Computing lessons are delivered as part of the curriculum offer. Objectives for lessons are underpinned by, but not limited to, the National Curriculum. At Dersingham we teach a sequence of lessons through a spiral and cross curricular approach to develop pupils’ skills in computer science, information technology, digital literacy and computational thinking. When leaving Dersingham, pupils will have a rich and deep understanding of the growing power of the growing power of technology and how to stay safe within an ever-developing digital world.

  • Implement

    At Dersingham, we have created our own scheme of work to allow for learning opportunities beyond the national curriculum tailored specifically for our pupils and community. Monitoring of this scheme happens regularly to ensure learning opportunities are relevant and ambitious.

    In our Early Years:

    Children are exposed to computing in a playful manner to develop their computational thinking. We relate computational aspects of children’s work to the objectives set out in the EYFS documentation.

    In Key Stage 1 and 2:

    ●Learning and understanding how to stay safe online is of the highest priority with a whole unit of digital literacy being taught discretely at the beginning of each academic year. Alongside this, online safety is embedded across every lesson within our computing curriculum.

    ●Pupils are encouraged to continually reflect on digital content and the impact that technology can have on our lives and the lives of others.

    ●Pupils have access to up to date hardware through our device lease scheme providing a set of chromebooks per class and a set of iPads for use across the school.

    ●Inclusivity settings are available on all devices to support all learners’ access to these.

    ●Opportunities are provided for children to use and explore a range of software.

    ●Our computing curriculum is cyclical allowing children to have frequent exposure to digital literacy, information technology and computer science through a range of different learning experiences. 

    ●Computational thinking is a key component and children are frequently encouraged to reflect on where they have used computational thinking throughout their learning.

    ●Pupils are given opportunities beyond the curriculum to further their computing learning through computing clubs, coding days and competitions.

    ●Lego Mindstorms Robots are used to give children exposure to programming on different platforms. Children are entered into the First Lego League competition where they compete against other children nationally.

    ●Alongside our computing curriculum, key skills are revisited through the wider curriculum.

  • Impact

    Our progressive and spiral curriculum enables pupils to make progress in their computational language and skills whilst also being continually reflective and evaluative. We are confident that our children have a secure understanding on how to stay safe whilst using technologies and being online. Children are able to reflect on their use of technology thinking about which hardware and software are best to use for different purposes. This supports our pupils in being confident when using and producing digital content both within the school setting and beyond. Our curriculum is designed and implemented to allow all pupils to be confident, reflective and respectful digital citizens.

First Lego League Regional Tournament Day

On Saturday 25th January 2020, the 9 children involved from years 5 and 6 represented Dersingham Primary School in the First Lego League Newham Regional Tournament. The children stunned us with how well they performed at the competition and by how much they had learnt through the process. This was made even better by WINNING the Newham Regional Tournament! Due to this success, we have been invited to represent Newham and compete in the Finals in Bristol on the 22nd February 2020!

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