Through our computing curriculum we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
Our Computing curriculum comprises a number of different strands: digital literacy, coding, data handling and using technology in the wider world. We are also passionate about ensuring our children are clear about e-safety and how to manage their lives in a digital world. We use the ‘Switched on Computing’ scheme to ensure that all children build on previous learning to enable them to be confident technology students using a range of different programs, websites and apps.
We use ipads, Chromebooks, Windows Laptops, applications as well as other hardware/software to teach and embed skills such as animation, music creation and e-books. We actively encourage children to embrace new technology using platforms such as Google Classrooms to engage them with work taught in school and when necessary, virtually.