Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our pupils’ lives. At our school, we want to educate and model to our pupils how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.
Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively, which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists. We encourage our teachers to try and embed Computing across the whole curriculum to make learning purposeful and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools and technology so that they have the confidence and independence to utilise skills in their everyday life and into the future.
Computing is embedded across the curriculum and not only taught explicitly. We, therefore, allow for flexibility so that Computing can be taught in a cross-curricular way, making links where possible.
From years 1-6, we use the’ Kapow Learning’ scheme of work. Through our sequence of ‘Kapow Learning’ lessons, we aim to inspire our pupils to develop a love of the digital world and to see its place in their future. Kapow Learning helps teacher’s to deliver varied lessons that are both challenging and creative.
Our curriculum allows the children to develop their knowledge and skills across the three main areas of Computing; computer science, information technology and digital literacy (including online safety). Our scheme of work allows for progression of skills across all year groups, where the lessons help children to build on their prior knowledge as well as introducing new skills and challenges. Coding begins at an early age with children learning to use robots in EYFS, building skills gradually so that by the time they reach Year 6 they are programming robots with the Python programming language.
We use iPads and Chromebooks throughout the school and all classrooms feature interactive screens. Through our use of Google’s GSuite for Education, a secure school based online learning environment, our pupils are able to develop their computing skills not only in school but also at home. This enables them to learn independently, work collaboratively and use technology responsibly.
Computing is enjoyed across our school and the use of technology is an integral part of our day-to-day school life. Our pupils can discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact Computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. Children understand that finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle.
Teachers have high expectations of their pupils and collect quality evidence in a variety of forms. The way our pupils share, publish and celebrate their work best shows the impact of our curriculum. We also evidence the impact by observing the children’s learning regularly and by reviewing their knowledge and skills digitally through tools such as G Suite for Education.
Our children are confident, respectful digital citizens and by the time they leave us, they are also “Google Internet Legends.” Our children will have the tools to go on and lead happy and healthy digital lives.