At St Michael’s C of E Primary Academy, the computing curriculum intends to develop children’s knowledge and skills in 3 key areas.
Computing - To develop pupils who are creative, logical thinkers, who are able to problem solve by using computational thinking to decompose problems.
Information Technology – To develop pupils who are able to competently use, express themselves and develop their ideas through a range of programmes and apps found on digital devices.
Digital Citizenship and the Internet – To develop pupils who are digital citizens and can navigate the digital world safely, respectfully and responsibly.
- Digital citizenship lessons are taught as a discreet lessons once per half term and then referred to in daily classroom practice. As a school we follow the Common Sense Education Digital Citizenship programme in which children explore key issues including digital footprint, media balance, cyberbullying, online privacy, communication and news and media
- The coding and information technology lessons have been organised into half termly blocks with focused knowledge and skills covered in each unit, planned in line with the national curriculum
- Teachers use knowledge organisers to ensure coverage and progression of skills within the computing curriculum
- In KS2 pupils are taught in whole-class sessions and in KS1 pupils are taught a new skill each week and then explore this independently throughout the week
- The computing curriculum is, where appropriate, taught within cross-curricular learning and skills learnt in computing are incorporated into other subjects
- Children have access to a range of hardware and software so that the strands of the national curriculum can be effectively delivered
- In KS1 children have access to laptops, desktop computers, iPads, Bee-bots, Easy-speak microphones and the green screen
- In KS2 children will use laptops, iPads, chromebooks, Lego We:do, the green screen, Micro:bits and the electronic invention tool Makey Makey
- During each unit of work children complete their own self assessments so that they can talk about what they are learning and identify the progress that they are making. The pupil self assessments have been created inline with the knowledge organisers to ensure coverage of key skills and knowledge
- Learners’ digital literacy equips them to use technology effectively and safely
- Learners demonstrate themselves to be responsible digital citizens, able to navigate the internet responsibly, safely and with discretion
- Learners use technology competently to accomplish a variety of goals
- Learners make effective use of different apps and devices to present their learning in engaging ways
- Learners computational thinking enable them to develop algorithms to accomplish specific goals
- Learners think creatively and problem solve to debug