Subject Lead: Miss Robinson
“Computers themselves, and software yet to be developed, will revolutionise the way we learn.”
- Steve Jobs.
At our school we want pupils to be masters of technology and not slaves to it. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this.
All our topics follow the Purple Mash scheme of work. Pupils work through a series of blocked sessions, which build on their prior knowledge, by introducing specific knowledge, skills and vocabulary. Children will work on digital literacy, computer science and information technology. Computing is taught once a week for one hour.
All year groups will engage with learning about online safety once every half term. Children will build on prior knowledge from previous terms and year groups and will be supported in knowing how to identify risks online, this will be evidenced through the Online Safety scrapbooks which are passed up with each cohort. Teachers will keep up to date with new apps and technology which their class are regularly using in order to stay relevant. Online safety will regularly be revisited through PSHE and RSE lessons, through the computing blocks and national online safety days.
After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at Abbey Hulton will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. The children will have the skills, knowledge and confidence to progress to high school and be computer literate, facing the demands of digital learning head on. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. As children become more confident in their abilities in Computing, they will become more independent and key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and self-evaluation become second nature.