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.
Therefore, it is our school’s aim to equip children with the relevant skills and knowledge that is required to understand the core areas of Computing and to offer a broad and balanced approach to providing quality first teaching of this subject.
Computing is an integral part to a child’s education and everyday life. Consequently, we intend to support our pupils to access and understand the core principles of this subject through engaging and activities. Whilst ensuring they understand the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences, we want children to develop as respectful, responsible and confident users of technology, aware of measures that can be taken to keep themselves and others safe online.
At South End, in our hourly, weekly sessions, we integrate learning with the iCompute scheme (which is designed for mastery and fully supports the National Curriculum) and link it to our current project.
Our computing curriculum is progressive, and children take part in different topics throughout the year. These include, iprogram, iapp, isafe and ialgorithm. 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. At South End, children will re-visit strands on Online Safety, Computing Systems and Networks, Programming, Creating Media and Data and Information.
Computing science is all about the understanding of how computers work and how we communicate with them to complete everyday tasks. The children will have to 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 also looks at how technology is used safely, respectively and responsibly. Children will be able to identify acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and the right ways to report concerns.
Within Computing, we encourage a creative and collaborative environment in which pupils can learn to express and challenge themselves. Children are assessed 3 times a year and the success of the curriculum itself will be assessed via the analysis of yearly progress data, lesson observations and skills audits. This will then inform future adaptions of the scheme of work and help to ensure that progression is evident throughout school
Being safe online is of paramount importance to South Enders. As a result, we also incorporate Be Internet Legends into our computing lessons. We aim to empower our pupils to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.
Children have a right to enjoy childhood online, to access safe online spaces and to benefit from all the opportunities that a connected world can bring them, appropriate to their age and stage. Online safety and responsible use of technology are topics covered in computing and PSHE lessons, assemblies and during events such as Safer Internet Day. All children are provided with Microsoft Teams accounts and work can be accessed in school and remotely.
Our Computing Committee is 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 Safer Internet Day.
Computing 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.