Computing Curriculum Statement
At St John’s Church of England Infant School, computing is crucial to our mission to stimulate pupils’ curiosity to learn. We aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities and we recognise that Computing can allow children to share their learning in creative ways. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology, digital literacy and online safety reflects this. Through the use of various digital mediums, children at our school will develop problem-solving and critical thinking skills that enable them to become reflective, creative learners who are not afraid of the ever-changing digital world.
In Early Years, children focus on the technology Early Learning Goal. Children learn to “select and use technology for particular purposes” and develop computational thinking in a rich, real-life context, laying the foundations for the children’s future progress through the computing curriculum. This develops many of the characteristics of effective learning and enables children to realise their talents and interests. Through self- and peer- initiated play and adult direction, children are taught to recognise that they meet computer technologies in a variety of contexts and that these require a range of skills which are often transferable. We have an interactive whiteboard and PCs in the classroom and also a range of technology based role play equipment such as mobile phones, microwave ovens, digital cameras, television remotes, fridges, shop tills and tablets. They also learn to use simple computer programmes. Through this, children learn to make intelligent choices about the ways they utilise technology, such as keeping equipment properly stored and charged and how to keep safe when using it.
In Key Stage 1, we are resourced with an interactive whiteboard, PCs and tablets in each class. In conjunction with these, various software is used to teach discreet computing skills and to use and apply these skills through the rest of the curriculum. Our curriculum is taught in context where appropriate, demonstrating a clear progression of skills throughout their journey.
E-Safety is a key strength of the school. All children are encouraged to act safely online. They are given opportunities to discuss this in lessons, during E-Safety lessons and during PSHE sessions.
Our approach to the curriculum results in a fun, engaging and high-quality Computing education. As a topic-based approach continues to be developed, teachers are able to revisit misconceptions and knowledge gaps in computing when teaching other curriculum areas. This supports varied pace of learning and ensures all pupils make good progress. Computing at our school gives children the building blocks that enable them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.
The internet is used by all ages and has become an integral part of children’s lives, which is why we take great care to ensure we pass on the important message of E-Safety at school and at home when using the internet.
E-Safety is part of our computing curriculum and is also discussed in detail every year when we have E-Safety week where we hold a special assembly focusing on this important topic and working on activities to remind us of the rules for staying safe on line.
Please find below some helpful E-Safety websites for Parents:
In Reception, parents are sent updates via Class DoJo messenger and blog. There is a voluntary service where parents can respond to posts but please note that it is down to the class teacher to respond at a convenient time, if appropriate. If you have anything you need to discuss with your class teacher, please do not use this medium but contact the school office instead.