At East Wichel Primary School & Nursery, our aim is to shape kind, responsible and digitally literate human beings who are equipped to use computational thinking and creativity; preparing to make a change in the future digital world.
We recognise that pupils have the right to become more than competent operators of technology and that they have the right to adapt, understand and make discerning use of the technology around them. We believe that information technology, digital literacy, computer science and online safety are essential life skills necessary to fully participate in the modern digital world.
Our computing curriculum, which follows the Kapow scheme of work, was chosen and adapted as it aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupils’ appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers. Tinkering with software and programs forms a huge part of the ethos of our lessons as we want to develop pupils’ confidence when encountering new technology, which is a vital skill in the ever evolving and changing landscape of technology.
At the core of our Key Stage One and Two computing curriculum, pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including iPads, Chromebooks, micro:bits and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practise and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas.
Our Computing curriculum is organised into five key areas – computer systems and networks, programming, creating media, data handling and online safety – which enables pupils to:
- Think critically and understand how to make informed and appropriate digital choices in the future;
- Balance time spent on technology and time spent away from it in a healthy and appropriate manner;
- Use technology to showcase their ideas and creativity, knowing that different types of software and hardware can help them achieve a broad variety of artistic and practical aims;
- Show a clear progression of technical skills across all areas of the National curriculum;
- Use technology both individually and as part of a collaborative team.