Computing

 

Intent

 

At St. Peter’s, we recognise that computing is an increasing part of life today. It is therefore essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability in computing to prepare them for the challenge of a developing and changing technological world. In line with the National Curriculum for Computing, our vision is to provide a high-quality computing education which equips children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.

 

Our curriculum will teach children key knowledge about how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. By the time they leave St. Peter’s, our children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).

 

With regards to online safety, GDPR will play an important role in allowing children to recognise what information is personal to them and with whom and when it is safe to share this. To do this effectively, children must have a clear understanding of the meaning of personal information and recognise their own responsibility in safeguarding it. Children will be taught about their digital footprint and where to seek support and advice should they need it. We believe a strong understanding of these areas will enable children to access modern technologies and communicate effectively whilst developing an ever-increasing understanding of how to keep themselves safe from evolving dangers in the digital world.

 

Implementation

 

We use a clear and effective scheme of work called Teach Computing that is built around an innovative progression framework where computing content has been organised into interconnected networks, providing coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science.

 

Children have access to resources which aid in their acquisition of knowledge and skills, including a range of hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software.

 

Children are also provided with regular, planned-for opportunities to explore and respond to key online safety issues such as digital communication, cyberbullying, security, plagiarism and social media. Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided when required.

 

Impact

 

Our children will be confident users of technology, able to accomplish a wide variety of goals both at home and in school.

 

They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.

 

Most importantly, our children will know how to keep themselves safe online and be responsible members of the online community.