Technology is changing the lives of everyone. Teaching of Computing at Chadsmead aims to prepare children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Through the study of Computing, children will be able to develop a wide range of fundamental skills, knowledge and understanding that are revisited and developed throughout their time at school. In addition to the use of technology, we ensure that our children have a sound knowledge of staying safe online.
In Early Years, practitioners provide a rich environment in which children can build up an understanding of the world through play. Children are encouraged to be curious about technology in real world contexts through role play and natural discussions which help the children make sense of their world. From Year 1 onwards, computing is taught as a discrete weekly subject. Having discrete lessons means that the children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing units.
Here at Chadsmead, we follow the ‘Teach Computing’ curriculum developed by the National Centre for Computing Education (NCCE). The units are based on a spiral curriculum, meaning knowledge is revisited regularly, consolidating and building on prior learning. Units end with a project or quiz to highlight misconceptions and allow teachers to gauge age related expectations.
We have a computing suite, a class set of iPads and each phase has tablets to ensure that all year groups have the opportunity to use a range of devices and programs for many purposes across the wider curriculum, as well as in discrete computing lessons. Employing these cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. The implementation of the curriculum also ensures a balanced coverage of online safety. Through assemblies and half termly online safety lessons the children are taught to use technology safely and respectfully and learn what to do when they have any concerns about content or contact on the internet.
After the implementation of this robust computing curriculum, children at Chadsmead will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be able to connect with others responsibly and are competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.