Computing at Great Wishford C of E Primary School
No challenge too big, no child too small- for with God nothing will be impossible (Luke 1:37)
"We are currently preparing students for jobs that don't yet exist, using technologies that haven't been invented, in order to solve problems we don't know are problems yet."
At Great Wishford we understand the immense value technology plays in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum, day-to-day life of our school and also the increasing role it plays in our pupils’ lives as they take their next steps in future learning. We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and support for the needs of all our pupils.
Our aim is for all our pupils to flourish in their computational thinking, problem solving skills and creativity. At Great Wishford we believe that computing has links to a variety of other subjects such as mathematics, science and design and technology. We believe that, as an essential part of the curriculum, computing is a subject that not only stands alone but is woven in and should be an integral part of all learning. We want our children to be able to build on the knowledge learned in Computing, and other subjects which can use information technology skills, and become computer literate. The use of the Knowsley Computer Scheme across the school underpins the curriculum needs for all of these areas.
Pupils participate in regular Computing and E-Safety lessons in order to achieve the intent of the Computing and E-Safety curriculum at Great Wishford. In addition to stand alone lessons, these elements are regularly incorporated into other subjects, given the cross-curricular nature of computing and the opportunities to expand and develop lessons that its inclusion provides. Our children will be taught how to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour and to identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.
In accordance with the National Curriculum 2014, our children learn to develop their skills in communication, online safety, problem solving, control, coding and computational thinking. They are encouraged to engage in new initiatives and to discuss and share good practice in ICT. Successes are celebrated along the way. The computing national curriculum has further been broken down in to progressive skills for each year group to follow.
When teaching computing as discreet lessons staff are able to use our scheme of work the 'Knowsley Scheme', designed to achieve the stated objectives within the Computing and E-Safety Curriculum which has been carefully adapted to suit our progression of skills.
We recognise the need to continually maintain, update and develop our resources and to make progress towards a consistent, compatible system by investing in resources that will effectively deliver the strands of the national curriculum and support the use of Computing across the school. This includes:
- Interactive whiteboards with sound in every classroom.
- A class set of iPads, a class set of laptops available for use throughout the school.
- Beebot devices for programming activities.
After the implementation of the Computing and E-Safety curriculum, children at Great Wishford will be digitally literate and equipped to use technology effectively, respectfully and safely. Children will be able to question and understand both the strengths of positive behaviour choices and the consequences of poor behaviour choices made when using the internet and be knowledgeable on how to keep themselves safe online as they begin their journey into an adult world.
Confidence in this subject will enable our children to become independent and responsible learners ready for their world in their time, competent in key life skills such as problem-solving, logical thinking and evaluation.