Assessing computing and end points
- Long term planning and assessment depends upon teachers having a clear notion of ‘standards’ within their minds, and a clear vision of what they are trying to achieve. We assess without using levels but we do have end of year group expectations which will allow us to make informed decisions as teachers as to whether children are at the expected standard for the end of their year group.
- Assessment sheets (located in curriculum folders) to be used throughout the year as a ‘working document’ to support staff with their assessment judgements.
- Teachers have access to ‘Sound like an Expert’ sheets that outlines vocabulary, sentence starters and questions to be used to support with assessing understanding for each of the computing units.
Computer Science (CS)
- Staff will assess the children on their understanding of the objectives outlined in the medium-term plan and make a judgement as to their ability to use and apply what they have learnt in the end of unit project.
- Therefore, the end of unit project should be completed as independently as possible.
Digital Literacy (DL) and Information Technology (IT)
- Staff will assess the children on their understanding of the IT skills outlined in medium-term plan and make a judgement as to their ability to use and apply what they have learnt in the other areas of the curriculum and in the wider world.
- Therefore, teachers will plan opportunities for children to apply and use the IT skills they have learned in current and previous year groups.
Digital Citizenship (DC) - Online Education
- Staff will assess the children on their understanding of being able to use technology safely and respectfully and make a judgement as to their knowledge of how to report concerns they may have. They will refer to the statements from UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework when they are commenting on children working below. It should also be taken into consideration whether or not they are able to use and apply what they have learnt at home.
- Computing is assessed as a whole, therefore teachers will make ‘best fit’ judgements taking into consideration achievements across all three areas of the computing curriculum.
Other Assessment Opportunities
- All of the evidence should reflect the assessment made by the teacher.
- Some teachers may decide to continue to use e-books to show the achievements of particular children, especially children who have achieved a deep understanding of the computing skills and objectives.
- Children who are assessed as deep in computing represent the school as a ‘Digital leader’, which allows the computing leader to collect additional evidence of their achievements. From September 2022, children will have the opportunity to apply to be a Digital Leader, therefore there will be more children with a deeper understanding in computing.
- We expect children to leave Year 6 ready for secondary school with the computing skills and knowledge they need. End of year expectations for year 6 are clear and children should be well placed to move into secondary school if they finish the year at the expected standard. From September 2022, there will be a document available to teachers that outlines the basic skills that should be gained at the end of that year group.
- Computing is monitored by the Computing Leader. A combination of pupil voice interviews; planning support/moderation; lesson drops-ins and work scrutiny will be used to gain a view of how computing is taught and learnt across school.