As Computing underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
The use of Computing will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
The vision of the curriculum
As Computing underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability, that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world. The use of Computing will enhance and extend children’s learning across the whole curriculum whilst developing motivation and social skills.
The core principles of the computing curriculum
The following core principles should underpin all computing teaching and technology use within Pear Tree Primary School. [These elements are taken from the Naace ICT Framework, and the text below is adapted from this framework].
Digital literacy forms the backbone of the computing curriculum at Pear Tree Primary School. Children should develop computing skills that can be thoughtfully applied in a range of different situations, with children developing increasing independence in the choices they make over which technology to use to help them reach the desired outcome. As they progress through KS1 and 2 children will become increasing confident in the application of their digital skills, becoming increasingly efficient and effective communicators, collaborators and analysts, showing imagination and creativity in their use of computing in different aspects of their learning and life beyond school.
The development of digital literacy is underpinned through expectation that computing skills and objects areas applied across all curriculum subjects.
Children should be provided with the opportunity to learn, refine and improve their digital skills, across the range of computing curriculum areas outlined above.
Technology in the world
Children should develop an understanding of how technology makes a difference in all aspects of life- at home, at school and in the workplace, as well as considering the impact technology has had on society over the years.
Children will, for example, identify the different elements of a webpage (EYFS), develop an awareness of how different technology is used in the world around us (KS1) and begin to evaluate web pages, software and applications and use this evaluation in the planning of their own digital content (KS1 KS2)
Children should develop the knowledge and understanding of how technology works.
This extends from an awareness that there is ‘something inside’ a piece of technology to make it work (EYFS), progressing through KS1 and KS2 to children creating their own simple programs including games, utilities and applications with exposure computer codes and scripts.
Safe and Responsible Use (e-safety)
E-safety is a fundamental element of computing teaching and technology use at Pear Tree Primary School. The school has a separate E-Safety policy, and E-Safety sessions should take place regularly in each year group as part of both ICT and PSHE sessions.
It is important that technology is used as a day-day element of school life and across all subject areas, therefore if opportunities to use computing arise which do not fall within the curriculum for each year group they should be taken advantage of.