At SS Peter and Paul, the pupils experience a rich, deep learning experience that balances all the aspects of computing – computer science, digital literacy and information technology.. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe a child must be familiar with all aspects of computing so that they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. An E-safety focus across a half term ensures that this is achieved and we nationally celebrate ‘Safer Internet Day’. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use 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. At SS Peter and Paul, the pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including chromebooks, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world. We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can: Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation. We have discovered that through the development of tablets, children no longer use keyboard skills so to prepare them for their future we have ensured that part of our curriculum shows the development of ‘touch type’ keyboard skills.
Our Computing curriculum is split into three main areas: Digital Literacy (DT), Computer Science (CS) and Information Technology (IT). These areas are taught over a term within each year group using a range of computing devices including chromebooks and iPads so become digitally literate with both devices. Specified apps and programs are used on these devices to ensure that the national curriculum objectives for Computing are met. Staff are guided on which apps,programs to use through the Computing long term plan and the skills that the children will acquire through the progression of skills document. Our Computing curriculum is also designed to be flexible, so children can apply their learnt skills into other areas of the curriculum during our Wider Curriculum weeks. Computing is timetabled weekly, with all children having regular access to chromebooks and iPads.
Children are provided with their own ‘Google Suite’ usernames which enables the children to further their learning at home, able to sign in across several devices, sharing their computing work at home. Homework is also set via Google Classroom, supporting our computing curriculum and enabling the children to embed their skills learnt through regular practise.
Through the delivery of our Computing curriculum, the children are computer literate and well-prepared for their next step in education. Children enjoy computing and the range of skills that they are taught, along with that deeper understanding of how these skills can support them in later life. Most importantly, the children have a very clear understanding of what it means to be safe online, how to report anything they feel isn’t right and think about their digital footprint for the future.
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