Computing and E-Safety
Computing is a fundamental aspect of our world today. Its influence in the future looks set to increase yet further. Our pupils are entitled to every opportunity to develop the skills to employ ICT to help them to learn and work both independently and together as a team. Our vision is for all teachers and learners is our school to become confident users of ICT so that they can develop the skills, knowledge and understanding which enable them to use appropriate computing resources effectively as powerful tools for teaching and learning.
Through teaching our Computing curriculum, we ensure that pupils become digitally literate. They are able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our Aims and Objectives
To provide a rich, challenging Computing curriculum which equip all pupils with the experience, skills and confidence they need to succeed and achieve in our rapidly changing technological world. Pupils will be taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, we aim to equip children with the knowledge and understanding of how to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We will encourage children to use computational thinking and creativity to solve problems across the curriculum and teach them how to apply the skills that they have learnt.
At Witton Church Walk Primary School, we recognise that all classes have children with widely differing abilities in information technology. This is especially true when some children have access to IT equipment at home, while others do not. We provide suitable learning opportunities for all children by matching the challenge of the task to the ability and experience of the child. We achieve this in a variety of ways, by:
- Setting common tasks which are open-ended and can have a variety of responses.
- Setting tasks of increasing difficulty.
- Providing resources of different complexity that are matched to the ability of the child.
- Using classroom assistants to support the work of individual children or groups of children.
Our Curriculum Planning
At Witton Church Walk Primary School, we deliver our Computing curriculum through our progression document. This document maps out the knowledge, skills and vocabulary the children will be working towards achieving by the end of each key stage. Each National Curriculum objective is broken down into small, achievable steps in order to create a sequence of lessons, allowing for depth of learning to take place. Staff have collaborated on this document to ensure that learning is progressive and built upon prior learning as the children move through the key stages. This ensures our curriculum delivers clear progression of skills from Year 1 to Year 6 and it embeds E-Safety to ensure safe and responsible use of technology.
Our Computing curriculum is split into five aspects of computing:
- Programming and Development
- Data and Data Representation
Please click the following image to view our Computing Curriculum.
A fundamental part of this curriculum is to equip our children with the knowledge and understanding of how to keep safe online. Witton Church Walk recognises our responsibility to give our children the best tools to make informed decisions whilst using the internet.
An Acceptable Use Agreement has been created, which is tailored for Key Stage One and Key Stage Two pupils. This agreement is shared and discussed by class techers and pupils at the beginning of each academic year. Each pupil is aware of the expectations when using technology and signs a copy of the agreement.
Our E-Safety Curriculum is planned for following 'Digidog' (Key Stage One) and 'Internet Legends' (Key Stage Two). Our Online Safety work is weaved into our Computing Progression Document, Creative Curriculum work, research activities and our PSHCE Curriculum.
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