What do we teach and how?
Computing is an incredibly diverse subject and an ever-more relevant one for our children to engage and develop in. The rapidly changing world we live in required teachers to be extremely adaptable in the way that we deliver up-to-date e-Safety education and also in learning and teaching the use of ever-evolving software platforms. Regardless of the continual adaptations in current tech, many of the key underlying skills required to navigate and make optimum use of technology never change. As a school, we are constantly adding to our knowledge and resources, and we’re very proud of the provision we can offer the children.
Furthermore, the inevitable intermingling of PSHE skills within Computing, mean that we are able to teach resilience, empathy, compassion, and communication skills along with critical thinking and accountability. Taking part in national events such as Anti-Bullying Week every year
The infographic below demonstrates the wide-ranging skills required by the Computing Curriculum and how we deliver our teaching of them.
We try, where it works best, to link our Computing teaching to our topics; if it’s best left discreet, then we leave it that way; alternatively, if there’s a great opportunity to do it another way, then we take that opportunity! Like many of our foundation subjects, Computing is taught on a 2-year rolling programme to ensure complete Curriculum coverage for all our children. Here’s our planning as it currently stands. (You never know when we might need to change or update it to make it even better!)
Staying Safe Online
In order to further raise awareness of e-Safety, the whole school takes part in the annual Safer Internet Day national event. Whole-school assemblies introduce the theme for each year, and county-wide competitions are a great way to keep the children engaged and a good focus for our learning. We’re always hoping for a winner from our school!
In addition to our delivery of e-Safety within our Curriculum teaching, our ever-evolving e-Safety Library provides children and staff with fun and educational stories about online safety.
As a final step, we endeavour to engage with our wider community regularly through Facebook, our website and our fortnightly newsletters. Look out for information about our whole school events, competitions, new resources, or advice on keeping our children safe in our next communication!
Looking for some further information?
If you would like some further information or support on using the Internet safely at home, here are some useful links that come well-recommended.