At St Michael’s we want children to be ready for the ever-increasing influence computing has on the world. We want to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and be active participants in the digital world and build on their curiosity regarding digital content. We want the children to be aware of how to use ever-changing technology to express themselves, for their learning, and understand the potential it has for the future and foster their independence. We want our children to be aware of the advantages and disadvantages associated with online experiences and enable them to use technology respectfully, responsibly, creatively and be confident users of technology. Our aim is to provide a balanced computing curriculum and allow children to acquire knowledge that will benefit them in an increasingly digital world.
Our scheme of learning has been adapted from ‘Rising Stars’ and ‘Teach Computing’ to cover all aspects of the national curriculum. Each lesson considers the children’s previous steps and where they will be going in future years to create a spiral curriculum to embed the core concepts of: digital literacy, computer science and information technology to provide a learning experience so children develop independence within the digital world. During each topic, we consider the e-safety elements of our lessons so that these are taught within context. We also celebrate safer internet day and e-safety week to further embed the ideas of online safety.
At St Michael’s, we encourage the children to enjoy and value the curriculum that is delivered. We encourage children to discuss, reflect and appreciate their learning within computing and challenge them to relate this to a real-world context so that they can further appreciate the ‘how’ to their learning, not just the why. We encourage a collaborative and creative environment within computing so that children become independent, resilient learners that apply computational thinking to problems.