Our goal is to ensure that every child is prepared for, and highly capable of safely working within, the ever-changing technological environment of the 21st Century.
How Computing links with our school values
||Children learn how to use and respect a range of different equipment and resources. The importance of e-safety and how to stay safe online is a theme which is an integral part of our curriculum.
||Children have access to a range of computing equipment and have the opportunity to develop their skills in lessons and as part of our wider curriculum.
||Children are inspired through stimulating software and hardware and learn about technology and its applications in the modern world.
||Children are encouraged to problem solve and develop their computational thinking, evaluating and refining their ideas to achieve desired outcomes.
- We follow the National Curriculum in all year groups from 1 – 6 and EYFS Development Matters for Early Years.
- The curriculum is organised around three key strands – information technology, digital literacy and computer science; it reflects the prevalence of technology in everyday life;
- A carefully planned whole school curriculum promotes progression of computing knowledge and skills and is linked to the Teach Computing’s Scheme of Work.
- We engage with the Project Evolve programme to support our teaching and learning, including using it to underpin the digital literacy and e-safety aspects of learning;
- We use a variety of resources including BBC Micro:bits, Lego Wedo, iPads, Chromebooks and Beebots, as well as a range of learning opportunities in order to promote a breadth of learning, ensure progression and provide the children with the experience of diverse technologies;
- We combine computer learning with physical, hands-on resources to give the children real-world experiences, particularly with programming;
- We apply cross curricular links, including using Computer-Aided Design and programming to support Design and Technology, and link Control to Electrical Circuits in Science.
- We ensure the children understand the benefits of working with technology, but also develop an understanding of the health and wellbeing impacts, particularly the dangers involved in the digital world.
- We use skills learned in computing to support STEM activities including STEM week and STEM club, as well as liaising with STEM Ambassadors to give a “real-world” context to our learning, such as with robotics in Year 3.
- Children will leave Hempland secure in their digital literacy and able to safely use a variety of technology.
- Children will develop their knowledge and skills via problem solving and computational thinking and apply these in their future education and careers.