Our Computing curriculum intent is to provide our children with the key skills and experiences required to be both successful and safe when using a computer, or a similar technology based device. Our implementation of a high-quality computing education equips our pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. Curricular areas focusing on E-Safety, Programming, Handling Data, Multimedia, and Technology in Our Lives equip our children with the skills to become active participants in a technologically advancing world, and gives them the skills to transfer this thinking and practice in to other curricular areas.
Our focus on safeguarding as on ongoing theme in our Computing curriculum helps us to promote safety with regards to both school based learning and the independent use of computers or devices at home. We work in collaboration with our parents to support our children and their families in knowing the dangers of the internet. A central aim of this curriculum is to equip children with the skills to be safe, by giving them a knowledge base and skill set that enables them to report if they feel unsafe, or know what to do if they encounter something that they feel isn't right. Further information on Keeping Safe Online can be found in the Parents section of our website under 'Keeping Children Safe Online.'
In tandem with this, a further impact of our curriculum is to make computers something positive and something to be celebrated. Our curriculum enriches our children's understanding of how and why things happen; how to make them happen - and just how fantastic a resources computers and computing can be in accessing the whole curriculum. By working with our IT providers we have developed a curriculum that engages our children and builds their curiosity - providing them with opportunities to explore their own hypothesis, or create codes and programmes that help to explain the power of computers in this modern world. Resilience is embedded in our curriculum, as the smallest incorrect element can stop something from working, helping our children to understand the importance of trying and trying again - often having to look very closely and really explore their learning. Our hope is that these skills equip our children with the aspirations to further learn about a computing based world, or choose this as an area of interest or exploration in the future. We want to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – are able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We want to continue to learn with them.
Our curriculum intends to help children to understand the how and why behind computers, as well as looking at the ways in which they can be utilised to support our educational and daily lives.
Our curriculum inspires curiosity, enables our children to aspire for more, and supports them in becoming resilient learners