Computing at Hadlow Primary School intends to develop ‘thinkers of the future’ through a modern, relevant education in computing. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity that will enable them to become active participants in the digital world. It is important to us that the children understand how to use the ever-changing technology to express themselves, as tools for learning and as a means to drive their generation forward into the future.
Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.
Our aim is to provide a computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital contexts. Beyond teaching computing discreetly, we will give pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.
· A clear and effective scheme of work from the National Centre for Computing Education that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning will facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science
· Access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge
· Children will have access to the hardware (laptops, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications
· Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyberbullying, online safety, security and social media.
· Wider Curriculum links and opportunities for the safe use of digital systems are considered in wider curriculum planning.
· The importance of online safety is taught throughout the year and is shown through displays within the learning environment.
· Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required.
· As well as opportunities underpinned within the scheme of work, children will also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety.
· Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
· Children are able to confidently discuss and demonstrate how to stay safe online.
· Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. 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
To teach Computing we are currently using the STEM National Centre for Computing Education programme. It is a complete scheme developed to ensure children are competent users of technology in fast evolving field.
'I love computing, I like learning about programming and how to get the Beebots to follow my instructions. That is input and output.' Year 1
We know how to keep ourselves and our friends safe online. I know how to report something that worries me.' Year 2
'I loved learning to write and send emails, we even sent them to our teacher!' Year 3
'I really enjoyed learning how to do blogs because I can share what I have done with not only people I know but people I don't, I like communicating with others.' Year 5