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Our computing curriculum is divided into four areas to enable our learners to develop digital skills for learning, work and life; and to ensure that they are working safely and respectfully.
Learners develop their competence in coding for a variety of practical and inventive purposes, including the application of ideas within other subjects.
Learners learn how to connect with others safely and respectfully, understanding the need to act within the law and with moral and ethical integrity
Learners have opportunities to communicate ideas well by using applications and devices throughout the curriculum.
Learners apply computing to real life contexts and develop their science and mathematical skills as they collect, organise and manipulate data effectively.
We take every child’s protection and E-safety very seriously. All Staff take part in regular training and have been accredited for professional knowledge of E-safety. See the links on our home page to report any concerns you have about your child online and find out more.
Computing programmes of study for key stages 1 and 2 define computing education as one that is ‘A high-quality computing education that equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ DFE (2013)
In this ever-changing and increasingly, connected modern world, technology is everywhere. It will play a pivotal part in the future lives of our learners; therefore, we need a computing curriculum that excites and engages them. We want them to be creators and not consumers, and our broad curriculum - encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy - reflects this.
At Squirrel Hayes First School, we want to furnish children with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will make them responsible and digitally literate citizens, so that they can be the next generation of programmers, bloggers and debuggers!
We recognise that the best route to preventing many of the issues we currently see within technology and social media is effective education. We want to educate our children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely, including through modelling positive use.
At Squirrel Hayes First School, we understand the importance of exposing children to technology from an early age, extending and enhancing the experiences they have both in school and at home. We want all of our children to become ‘digital natives’, which is why they are immersed in an ICT-rich environment that allows them to be independent users of technology, selecting technology for a specific purpose.
The implementation of our computing curriculum ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. However, it is important to note that as children progress through our school, the weighting and balance of the three Computing strands is adjusted. This ensures that fundamental skills in digital literacy are secured in earlier years. Once children are able to control and manipulate ICT, they are able to move onto more detailed and higher-order aspects of Computer Science in KS2. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are and how to use these in their simplest form, which supports them in the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2. By the time they leave our school, they can design, write and debug programmes, explaining the rationale behind their algorithms.
Computing has a high profile at our school and our children are beginning to use a wide range of hardware and software to become diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems. As a result of this, children will become confident users of technology who are able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both and home and in school.
If you need to know more about this subject, please don't hesitate to ask the subject lead Mrs Percival.