What is our intention?
At Applegarth Primary School, we aim to provide a high-quality computing education which equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Our curriculum has been designed to make links with mathematics, science and DT, and develops attitudes and skills to apply the link between programming and computational thinking. Computational thinking – the ability to solve problems in a creative, logical and collaborative way – is developed through repeated programming opportunities. We ensure that our pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation through a range of plugged and unplugged practical experiences. In doing this, we are equipping children with the confidence and ability to analyse and solve problems in creative and imaginative ways. For us, the teaching and learning of computing is placed in exciting contexts that will inspire and motivate our children to become responsible, competent and digitally literate, and ultimately develop a love of this subject.
Computing and the local context
Providing our children with first-hand experiences, which are at their fingertips, is threaded throughout our computing curriculum. We want our children to understand that computers and technology are a fundamental part of our everyday lives and the way we live. A perfect example of this is when we take our younger children to the local high street where they are given the opportunity to explore computer systems in very relevant ways within their locality. The children love visiting Barkers department store to think and evaluate how technology is incorporated into the shopping experience such as: cashier tills, automatic doors and lifts. Community and family are at the heart of who we are at Applegarth, therefore we use media platforms to enhance our communication whilst celebrating work beyond computing and developing their digital literacy.
Computing and becoming local, national and global citizens
Our computing curriculum ensures that our children become digitally literate to prepare them for their future workplace and to be active participants in a digital world. We want our children to express themselves and develop their ideas responsibly through information and communication technology (ICT). Given our local context, it is vital that we use computing and information technology to enhance our children’s education whilst opening the world to them. Google Expeditions and Skype Classroom are used across school to explore different places, cultures and global issues. For example, Year 3/4 visit the Great Barrier Reef when learning about the impact of tourism on global beauty spots and fragile ecosystems.
Computing and wellbeing & happy minds
Through a mindful approach to teaching e-safety, we aim to ensure that our learners become resilient and are able to make positive choices surrounding the use of technology. In line with the national curriculum, we want our children to use technology safely and respectfully, understand the importance of keeping personal information private, and know where to go for help to report concerns about online content and contact. One of the ways we do this is by following the Google Internet Legends program in KS2. Our computing curriculum gives our children a real audience and purpose for publishing work and develops their ability to communicate with others and express themselves. Online tools such as Purple Mash, Seesaw, Teams, Scratch and the blog are woven seamlessly between home and school learning. In keeping with our Applegarth values, we ensure that our computing curriculum celebrates success whilst developing reflective learners.