Digital Literacy, communication and problem-solving are fundamental to living in our digital age. It is necessary for us to support our pupils to become digital citizens; individuals responsible for how they use technology to interact with the world around them. At its heart, digital literacy is the ability to use practical knowledge and critical thinking to safely, effectively and responsibly create and engage with digital content using a range of technologies.
Our Computing curriculum focuses on three core areas.
Children in all year groups are taught the basics of computer programming. Younger children use hands on resources such as ‘Beebots’ and ‘Probots’ to begin to understand coding concepts. This is extended in older year groups as we introduce Purple Mash and Scratch to develop increasing complex computer games, programs and animations.
E-Safety plays a fundamental role in our safeguarding and child protection measures. We recognise that we must ensure our processes and systems keep children safe, while also teaching pupils about online safety. Our school promotes the SMART approach (Safe, Meet, Accept, Reliable and Tell) developed by Childnet International. We discuss e-safety at the beginning of each academic year with both children and parents. Pupils are given school email accounts from Year 1 and are supported in using these responsibly and safely.
Data and Multimedia
We aim for pupils to be competent and confident in a variety of software programs. Younger children start with the 2simple programs before moving onto Microsoft Office and, later, Google Apps, Inkscape, Logo, Beetle Blocks and Weebly. Central to the curriculum is understanding how different software packages work together; for example, pupils might record a short film and embed it into a website.
We have one dedicated Computing room and one digital classroom with access to a class set of workstations and laptops. All pupils have access to these facilities with each class timetabled for a dedicated session every week and the freedom to use it additionally as they wish. All classrooms are equipped with an interactive whiteboard and at least two class computers. Other resources include sets of class iPads, digital cameras, electronic microscopes and audio equipment.