ARPA   Green ScreenComputing is an ever-changing challenge to pupils, staff and parents. At Atkinson Road, we recognise that pupils are living in a rapidly changing world in which IT is playing an ever-increasing role. 

We aim, therefore, to equip children with the skills to adapt to new technology and to give them the confidence to use ICT to further their learning and assist them in everyday life. In doing so, all pupils have access to ICT equipment and resources, according to their ability and age range. 

ARPA   IpadAt Atkinson Road, we teach both discrete computing lessons using the Kapow Primary framework to develop knowledge, skills and understanding but also provide a range of opportunities throughout the school to employ computing skills across the curriculum through computer science, IT and digital literacy lessons.

Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as collecting and presenting information, or using search technology.

ARPA 69Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.

Finally, computer science will introduce children of all ages to understanding how computers and networks work. It will also give all children the opportunity to learn basic computer programming, from simple floor robots in Years 1 and 2, right up to creating on-screen computer games and programmes by Year 6.

In KS1 and KS2, all classes complete one half term unit using online programming software called as well as the iPad app BookCreator to support digital literacy in Key Stage 1. We include regular teaching of e-safety during each unit of work as well as a half term e-safety unit in every year group. This ensures that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet, and know what to do if they come across something either inappropriate or uncomfortable.

All Kapow IT units are supported with a Knowledge Organiser (vocabulary mat) to help pupils in with key facts and definitions from the unit. An assessment quiz is completed at the end of units to assess progress and where pupils are in their learning.

Files to download:

Computing Progression of SkillsNational Curriculum Computing