At Mickley First School, we provide a computing curriculum that is engaging and exciting. Children are given broad and varied experiences of using ICT where cross-curricular links are made when appropriate. We encourage children to use the correct terminology that they have learned. We believe that it is important that the children we teach have the skills necessary for the future. Our children know how to stay safe online and they use technology respectfully and responsibly. They are taught to recognise inappropriate behaviours and know how to report any concerns.
The purpose of computing in the National Curriculum is to equip pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
At Mickley First School, computing skills are taught both discretely and through cross-curricular links, supporting other areas of learning across school. Teaching and learning facilitates progression across all Key Stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children will have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications.
Staying safe online is a key part of our computing curriculum. We ensure that children have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as online safety, cyber bullying, security and social media.
Progress in computing is monitored termly to ensure that all children are achieving their full potential. All children have a folder in School 360 where they save their work which can then be viewed and assessed by teaching staff. Children will be confident users of technology, using it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.