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Computing

Intent

At St Ann’s Heath, we recognise that technology is everywhere and plays a fundamental part of our students’ lives. We want children to become responsible and respectful digital citizens who are aware of measures to keep themselves and others safe. We acknowledge it is essential for children to feel confident in their digital skills and utilise new technology to access the modern world and allow them to progress with further education and their chosen career paths.

Through our computing curriculum, we aim for children to become independent users of computing technologies by accessing a variety of software and devices, gaining confidence and enjoyment from the activities.  Our computing curriculum encompasses the following strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. These aspects of the curriculum allow children to develop their creativity, problem-solving skills and resilience through computing lessons which often have strong cross curricular links to topics covered through our Creative Curriculum. This allows children to make meaningful connections across topics and increase engagement in their learning. Furthermore, strands are revisited and further developed across year groups to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully established.

Implementation

At St Ann’s Heath, computing is mostly taught in discreet computing lessons. That said, where meaningful links can be made, we do link learning to our Creative Curriculum as we understand that children need to use technology effectively in all areas of the curriculum. An example of this may be using search engines to effectively research more about a Viking topic or spreadsheets to create a graph from a science experiment.

The computing curriculum is modified from the ‘Teach Computing’ scheme of work and covers all the aims and objectives from the National Curriculum including those linked to computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The scheme also has clear progression within and across year groups to ensure skills are consistently built upon during lessons. Lessons are taught in a computer suite or using iPads from an iPad trolley in class to access a range of software and/or apps.

Safety of our pupils is paramount. Therefore, a key part of implementing our computing curriculum is ensuring online safety is taken seriously and children are given the appropriate skills to keep themselves and their peers safe online. E-safety learning takes place as a starter to each computing lesson using the Project Evolve scheme of learning. We feel it is most appropriate to ‘drip-feed’ this learning and to ensure children consistently have the skills to keep themselves safe online at the forefront of their minds. In addition, children partake in extra activities and assemblies relating to ‘Safer Internet Day’.