The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are 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, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – 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. We believe that pupils should be given the opportunities to apply and develop their digital skills through the use of ICT tools to support their learning in all subjects.
Our aims are that all pupils will:
- Enjoy using ICT and approach all applications with confidence and a sense of achievement
- Develop practical skills in the use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to the solving of relevant and worthwhile problems
- Understand the capabilities and limitations of ICT and the implications and consequences of its use
- Recognise that ICT is a cross curricular subject and is a tool to be used to support and enrich learning
- Become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communications technology
EYFS follows the EYFS Framework guidance. ICT integrates into the seven areas of the Early Years’ curriculum. One particular area of learning, the Understanding of the World, has a technology strand: children learn to recognise that a range of technology is used in places such as homes and schools. Children learn to select and use technology for particular purposes.
KS1 follows the National Curriculum: form teachers use the guideline topic titles when devising ICT medium term plans. Explicit ICT skills are taught alongside opportunities to use the IAW, digital cameras, programmable robots and microphones. ICT is also used in KS1 to enhance and expand subject teaching.
KS2 follows the National Curriculum. Pupils have a half hour Digital Lesson with a balanced range of tasks, which will develop their understanding in communicating and handling information through the use of desktops and iPads.
E-safety is an important part of the ICT curriculum. To help keep pupils safe, access to the Internet for pupils is protected by Sophos Web Filter, Securus monitoring system and through the use of an Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) which pupils and parents sign at three stages: Nursery, Pre Prep and KS2. Each AUP is age appropriate.
KS1 and KS2 pupils are taught about e-safety in individual ICT or Digital lessons as well as through PSHEE and individual subject lessons as appropriate.
Pupils integrate ICT into subject teaching to develop and reinforce ICT skills, whilst enhancing learning within the subject. Pupils’ computer use is carefully managed so that all pupils are given equal access opportunities.