Our computing curriculum is designed to equip children with skills and understanding to live in a technological world. We have a discreet timetable for the development of ICT skills and promote the use of creating transferable skills across subjects. Sessions are taught by a specialist teacher in KS2 and all teachers use ‘Switched On’ (scheme of work) to support the teaching, planning and assessment across all year groups.
The children develop their skills, with the use of laptops and other hardware such as cameras and iPads.
ICT starts as early as Nursery and Reception with mouse control, keyboard skills, saving and printing work. They also become familiar with some software programmes use in school and also create a home school link. Both KS1 and KS2 use the internet to carry out research, however KS2 progress to more complex skills such as data analysis, programming and coding. This includes being able to use a variety of computer software and coding programmes with an ongoing emphasis on the importance of Online Safety for all year groups.
The impact of our ICT curriculum will enable our children to leave school as young computer literates and be creative thinkers, particularly in terms of applying ICT to present their work in a range of ways. As well as use the knowledge to select programmes for different purpose, children will become confident with using computational vocabularies and be able to use this in their everyday lives. Through the teaching of internet safety, children will become aware of the risks and consequences involved, and be able to seek support from the appropriate places.