ComputingComputers and technology are now part of everyday life. We believe that an understanding of computer science and technology is essential to understanding the world in which we live.
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. 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.
In the Early Years/Foundation Stage our pupils are introduced to technology through computing activities and resources. In Key Stage 1 and 2, pupils receive weekly computing lessons as well as many opportunities to learn in other subjects in a cross-curricular way.
Our computing curriculum has seven strands to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum:
- E-Safety and Digital Citizenship
- Computational Thinking
- Computer Networks
- Communication and Collaboration
E-Safety and Digital Citizenship
Keeping children safe is our priority at Welbourne Primary school. That is why our pupils take part in a progressive e-safety and digital citizenship curriculum from Nursery through to Year 6. Through this curriculum our pupils are taught how to stay safe when using the internet and how to be a responsible user of technology. We have dedicated e-safety and digital citizenship lessons at the start of every year. Pupils then have opportunities to practise these skills in the context of computing lessons and cross-curricular ICT activities across the curriculum. Through parent/carer open mornings and celebrations such as ‘Safer Internet Day’, we engage the wider community in our e-safety and digital citizenship work.
Computing has links to many other subjects and is incorporated into lessons through cross-curricular learning opportunities. This allows our pupils to learn digital literacy skills within a creative and meaningful context. At Welbourne Primary School, we believe that computing and computing resources allow SEND (Special Education Needs and Disability) pupils to access the curriculum. Our SEND pupils benefit from the use of technology to make progress and raise attainment across the curriculum.
In addition, technology offers our children to continue and consolidate their learning in many subjects outside of school through web based learning platforms such as Sumdog, Purple Mash and blogging on our school website.