Technology is changing the lives of everyone all around the world. Through teaching computing at South End, we plan to inspire and equip the next generation so that they are able to participate, and compete in the rapidly changing world – where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Computing skills and computational thinking are a major factor in enabling children to become resilient, creative and critical digital citizens. They need to understand their role and responsibilities in the digital landscape.
At South End, in our weekly lessons, we base our teaching around the ‘iCompute’ scheme, which is designed for mastery and fully supports the National Curriculum. Our computing curriculum is progressive, and children learn about a range of topics throughout each year. These include, iProgram, iApp, iSafe and iAlgorithm with a golden thread of online safety woven into each one where appropriate. Each unit has a primary focus on the three areas below, but uses and builds on skills and knowledge from other areas within computing, and across the curriculum.
Computing science is all about the understanding of how computers work and how we communicate with them to complete everyday tasks. The children create algorithms, make predictions, debug and even decompose. Children will also be given the chance to explore what the internet really is; looking at how it works and how information is sent from one place to another.
Children will be given the opportunity to explore a variety of programs to complete a range of tasks. Information technology is about challenging the children to select the right program to complete the task and show they can collect, display and share information.
Digital literacy looks at how technology is used in the real world and how it enables collaboration and communication. It teaches how to use technology safely, respectively and responsibly. Children learn to identify acceptable and unacceptable behaviour and the correct ways to report concerns.
Being safe online is of paramount importance to South Enders. As a result, we also incorporate Be Internet Legends into our computing lessons. We strive to empower our pupils to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.
Digital Ambassadors are also vital to our learning. We aim to develop these young leaders so that they are able to help support others in computing lessons, lead assemblies on online safety, look after our equipment, and help organise events such as Safer Internet Day.
We intend for our pupils to become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in an ever-evolving digital world.