We believe that an engaging and motivating Computing curriculum will enable our learners to:
- Use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
- Make deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology.
- Build knowledge of principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming.
- Become digitally literate – able to use, express themselves and develop ideas through information and communication technology.
Opportunities for technology as a tool to support learning and teaching in all areas are identified in curriculum planning.
Planning for Computing is implemented using two core documents: the National Curriculum Programme of Study for Computing and the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage.
The computer science aspects of Computing are taught discretely, initially through the Espresso Coding Programming Units of Work.
Key skills in information technology are developed through Multimedia and Handling Data threads and are integrated into learning in other curriculum areas.
Opportunities for learning about e-Safety occur throughout the curriculum, but are taught explicitly in both Computing and PSHE lessons and are reinforced whenever technology is used.
- Clear rules for e-Safety are agreed by each class at the beginning of every year. Parents and pupils sign an acceptable user policy together when a pupil first starts at the school. The rules are then signed annually by pupils and shared with parents.
- The school supports the international Safer Internet Day each February and provides opportunities for pupils to consider cyber-bullying as part of Anti-Bullying week in the autumn term.
- Opportunities are taken whenever possible to reinforce messages of a healthy life style.
- The school has an e-safety policy in place that details how the principles of e-safety will be promoted and monitored.
A purpose built information technology suite facilitates whole class teaching of Computing. It is equipped with computers having up to date software developed and designed to integrate Computing into most areas of the curriculum. All children have timetable use of this resource as well as classroom computers. There are interactive whiteboards in all classrooms.