Computing 2021 - 2022
At St Stephen's, technology is integrated across curriculum as well as being taught explicitly through Computing lessons. We aim to equip children with the knowledge and skills to thrive in an ever developing technological world. We have access to a wide range of technology devices; a computing suite, chromebooks, iPads and other programmable devices.
We start teaching how to use technology in Nursery and the children develop their knowledge and skills as they move through the school. Teaching the children provides the opportunity to develop transferable skills within other areas of the curriculum. We want every child to be digitally literate in order to enable them to keep pace with the dynamic world of technology.
We teach our children to become confident, competent and responsible members of the digital world.
At St Stephen’s school, we intend to provide a holistic and creative computing curriculum, which promotes computational thinking and inspires children to be creative. The structured sequences of lessons ensure that children have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. Additionally, it allows for broad and deep understanding of computing - and how this links to our children's lives. Our curriculum has been designed to ensure that each year builds upon the knowledge and skills practiced in the previous one and crosscurricular links can be made to support other areas of learning.
The curriculum has been split into three parts:
* Digital Literacy; this details internet safety, as well as how technology can be used safely and responsibly.
* Information Technology; this details the use of computers to create and alter media and information. Here children will create videos, aminations, music, spreadsheets and posters.
* Computer Science; this will focus on algorithms and debugging in a child friendly and practical way. This section also looks at the uses of the internet and how networks are important in the world we in live today.
Through high-quality teaching, the intent is for pupils to:
* understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
* analysis of problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
* evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
* be responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology
At St. Stephen's, computing is taught in our well-equipped ICT Suite. We also have a range of mobile devices that we use to support the curriculum both in classrooms and outside. Computing sessions happen once a week. However, teachers also plan additional sessions and cross-curricular activities using ICT. Online Safety of paramount importance to us and is reflected in the fact that we start every year with this as a focus with children building upon their previous knowledge as appropriate to their age group expectations. This is also a strong feature of our online learning policy for remote education. Where learning takes place at home, we use Google Classroom and teachers teach live lessons using this technology. We use Purple Mash as a platform for learning, along with other ICT platforms to save, store and promote children’s work. Children are encouraged to apply their skills in computing across the curriculum when presenting work and researching information, this includes homework.
Throughout all the strands, children will be taught how to stay safe when using electronic devices, as well as internet etiquette. By teaching these units, it enables them to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology and we hope to create well-rounded children that are conscientious digital citizens. Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will
produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make.
Equality and diversity
At St Stephen's, we are committed to providing a teaching environment which ensures all children are provided with the same learning opportunities regardless of social class, gender, culture, race, special educational need or disability. Teachers use a range of strategies to ensure inclusion and also to maintain a positive ethos where children demonstrate positive attitudes towards others. Support for specific individuals is well considered and planned for, to ensure that tasks provide learners with an appropriate level of challenge.
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