At Sutton Green, it is our intention that all children develop digitial curiosity and are inspired to ask and answer questions about the world around them. We aim to provide all children with opportunities to undertake a full range of enquiries in order to become skilled users of technology. Children will learn new concepts and begin to consider how Computing has contributed to everyday life. We aim to teach methods of enquiry and investigation to stimulate creative thought. Children learn to ask questions and begin to appreciate the way Computing will affect their future on a personal, national, and global level. We strive to embed computing skills and internet safety across the curriculum, and these skills are particularly developed during our computing lessons. Children develop and apply their computing skills in topical situations.
We aim to embed E-Safety into all Computing lessons and our expectations of acceptable usage are reinforced at every opportunity. E-Safety is also taught through PSHE lessons, ensuring that children are aware of the risks and benefits of using IT, and how to manage those risks with adult support.
Children are taught the three strands of Computing through our Cornerstones scheme and our PSHE lessons. Our lessons are cross-curricular in nature: children develop and apply their learning from other subjects in their Computing lessons, for example creating stop-motion animations of the water cycle, programming and debugging routes for predator and prey in the forest, and a variety of other exciting applications.
Our curriculum aims to equip our children with the knowledge, skills and understanding that they need to thrive in the digital world of today and the future. The curriculum can be broken down into 3 strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy, with the aims of the curriculum reflecting this distinction.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure all children:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation (Computer science)
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems (Computer science)
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems (Information technology)
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital literacy)
We ensure that safety of our children is paramount. We take online safety very seriously and we aim to give children the necessary skills to keep themselves safe online. 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. E-Safety is taught through our Computing lessons and also in our PSHE lessons.
We offer a variety of after school clubs and universities to improve children’s opportunities to use and develop their Computing skills, such as Stop Motion Animation club, Coding club and Photography club.
Our staff regularly access professional development from the National Centre for Computing Education, through our membership to STEM Learning. Miss Cope, our Computing leader, also regularly attends Cheshire & Wirral Computing Hubs to remain up to date with recent developments.
We continue to ensure we have up-to-date technology for the children to use in school. Recently, we have acquired a class set of Chromebooks. We also have at least two Chromebooks per class. We have purchased two class sets of Android tablets, which have the Learning by Questions app to support learning across the curriculum. Teachers also have a class iPad and a state of the art Promethean interactive whiteboard.
Children enjoy and value the curriculum that we deliver. We ask the children to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact that Computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. Children can find a balance between technology and a healthy lifestyle.
Children's understanding of technology ensures that they continue to learn in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this.
Our children showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work through Google Drive and their topic books. Teachers regularly review children's digital knowledge and skills through tools such as Google Drive, as well as observing learning regularly. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.