Computing Curriculum at Mill Hill Primary
At Mill Hill Primary School, our computing provision aims to equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information in a safe, responsible and respectful manner. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Our computing curriculum, particularly through focusing on programming, enables children to develop their problem solving and reasoning abilities. It enables children to understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation, analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
A blocked-curriculum approach
At Mill Hill, computing is taught using a blocked curriculum approach. This ensures children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. Planning in the school is also informed by Hampshire LEA’s standards progression.
By the end of the EYFS, pupils should be taught to:
Key Stage 1
By the end of key stage 1, pupils should be taught to:
Key Stage 2
By the end of key stage 2, pupils should be taught to:
Our lessons include opportunities for computational thinking to encourage deeper thinking and questioning. It supports our pupils to access a complex problem by breaking it into smaller, more comprehensible steps.
Online Safety Curriculum
Our Online Safety curriculum follows the Education for a Connected World framework and uses the planning and resources from Project Evolve to ensure we remain up to date with current perspectives, research and professional development materials.
Issues such as cyberbullying, online wellbeing, screen time/ addiction, the reliability of information and ‘Stanger danger’ are also discussed in PSHE lessons. Children are taught the SMART rules of online safety and are taught the skills and knowledge that they may need to keep themselves safe online.
We hold Online Safety Workshops to teach children and their parents about online safety using the provider Online safety Uk. Through this company we also provide support and information for our community. We also take part in Safer internet Day annually to raise awareness within school and the local community about the importance of using the internet and mobile technologies safely, and to advise on ways in which to reduce risk.
For more information on online safety, see our Online Safety Page.
After the implementation of our computing curriculum, children at Mill Hill will be proficient in their use of technology and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively for the benefit of themselves and others, but more importantly – safely. The children will be creators as well as consumers of digital content. Our children will understand the consequences of using the internet with awareness of how to keep themselves safe online but still keep a buzz for the use of technology with the understanding of the huge positive impact it can make to people’s lives.
Evidence in knowledge
Pupils know how and why technology is used in the outside world, and in the workplace. They know about different ways that computers can be used.
Evidence in skills
Pupils use acquired vocabulary in computing, including coding, lessons. They have the skills to use technology independently, for example accessing age-appropriate software and games in EYFS and using a range of computer software independently in KS1 and KS2.
This evidence will be collected through teacher-led assessments. Pupils will be assessed on their knowledge, use of technical vocabulary and development of skills. Class teachers will assess if pupils are working below expected, at the expected level or at greater depth against the Computing National Curriculum objectives
Through discussion and feedback, children talk enthusiastically about their computing lessons and speak about how they love learning on the computer. Children across the school articulate well about the potential risks of being online and can talk about ways to keep safe.