Computing – curriculum information

At Dorchester, we recognise the integral part computers and technology play in everyday life and aim to offer children a broad and progressive curriculum to develop and challenge their computational thinking skills while teaching them how to use technology safely. Using the national curriculum to drive our core planning, we aim to give our children the confidence to enhance their digital skills, allowing them to become creators of digital content rather than simply consumers of it. We aim to offer the children a number of different ways in which they can apply their computational thinking skills from EYFS to KS2 allowing them to improve their skills not only in computing but also allowing them to supplement and enhance their learning in other areas of the curriculum through the use of technology.  

“In the early years, mathematics is a high priority. Daily ‘carpet time’ is used to teach children
mathematical concepts”

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“In the short term, leaders have placed a greater focus on subjects such as
English and mathematics.”

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“Teachers provide lots of opportunities for pupils to rehearse and say the sounds they are learning aloud, which helps them to remember them.”

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“Strong, cross-curricular links with subjects, such as science, give pupils the opportunity to apply their skills and
knowledge when making products.”

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“Children are
taught to read as soon as they start in the early years.”

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“Knowledgeable and highly trained leaders ensure that pupils get the support they need to achieve.”

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“As soon as children start school, leaders check their speech and language needs so that extra help can be provided, where it is required.”

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“Leaders have created an ambitious curriculum that sets out clearly what pupils should
learn and when.”

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“Leaders have continued to prioritise the teaching of phonics and reading.”

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“Pupils are clear about the school rules.”

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“In subjects such as history, teachers use assessment skilfully to find out what pupils know before they start to teach a new unit of work.”

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“Leaders use assessment well to ensure that the books pupils read match the sounds they already know.”

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“Pupils feel that they are being listened to and that their views help leaders to improve the school.”

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“Pupils now use mathematical vocabulary with accuracy.”

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“Leaders have rightly reorganised their curriculum to make up for learning that has been
lost during the COVID-19”

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“In other curriculum
areas, such as design technology (DT), the curriculum is improving rapidly.”

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“Pupils spoke with enthusiasm about the school garden they are developing and of their plans for the fruit and vegetables they will grow.”

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“Leaders have ensured that pupils have plenty of opportunities
to design, make and evaluate projects using different materials.”

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“School council representatives attend School Stakeholder Group (SSG) meetings to share their views.”

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“Leaders have established ‘hive’ provision for pupils who need it. These well-resourced, intimate settings provide the intense support that a significant minority of pupils need.”

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“One pupil told inspectors that ‘teachers are really caring, we know if we ask for help, we will get it’.”

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“Democratically elected roles, such as house captains and school councillors, enable pupils to contribute purposefully to school life.”

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“The mathematics curriculum is clearly sequenced. Teachers provide opportunities for pupils to continually revisit and review previous learning.”

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“The help that leaders provide for pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND) is a strength of the school.”

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“Leaders ensure that opportunities for pupils to apply their mathematical understanding are provided in the activities pupils
complete.”

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“Leaders’ subject monitoring has led to a consistent and successful approach to the teaching of phonics across the early years and key stage 1.”

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“Leaders ensure there is a focus on developing pupils’ mathematical vocabulary.”

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“Leaders provide ‘chatterpacks’ to parents so that they have the age-appropriate resources they need to support their child’s
reading.”

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