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.
At Lambs Lane, we believe that through computing we can develop creative and inquisitive children. It provides them with skills that will be necessary throughout their lives. Through the teaching of computing we prepare and equip our learners with skills that enable them to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We also ensure that they are able to use information in a safe and effective manner.
The computing curriculum at Lambs Lane is organised into three key areas:
• programming and coding
• computer skills (typing, word processing, using search engines etc.)
• staying safe online.
Computing is taught for one hour each week and also throughout the other curriculum subjects when appropriate. Computing knowledge, terminology and skills are developed progressively from EYFS to upper key stage 2 and are continuously revisited throughout the year. Children are encouraged to revisit knowledge from previous learning before building on skills. Children are also encouraged to ask questions, investigate problems, find solutions and share their ideas.
Our computing curriculum also allows a sense of cultural capital. The knowledge and skills taught and explored by the children enable them to have a wider understanding of the impact of technology in today’s world and how this will impact their future.
We, at Lambs Lane, strive to teach our children to be considerate members of society through discussions about staying safe online. We want our pupils to have an understanding of acceptable and unacceptable behaviour online and put into practice strategies to keep themselves safe whilst navigating devices at school and at home. Our digital leaders (at least two appointed children from each year group in Key Stage 2) meet to discuss any issues that have risen across the school and work to prepare resources such as e-safety videos and presentations that are shared at various intervals throughout the year. These digital leaders offer new ideas and ways in which they would like to see the computing curriculum improve and develop.
There are a wide range of resources available for teachers to use within their computing lessons, including purple mash, scratch, other online resources and programmable toys. Assemblies offer additional opportunities to explore the use of computing skills in real life: safer internet day, E-safety week and STEM week are focus themes each year for the children to think about the skills in which they need to develop a strong understanding of computing and what this means to them.
Ultimately, we recognise that technology is all around us and changing the lives of everyone. A strong set of computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners. Here at Lambs Lane it is our responsibility to ensure that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.