The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
At Golcar Junior, Infant and Nursery School, we seek to prepare our pupils for a world where the use of digital technology is regarded as an integral part of everyday practices.
Our aims are:
- To enable all our pupils to be confident, competent, and independent users of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). We aim to use ICT where appropriate to motivate and inspire pupils and raise standards across the curriculum.
- To develop every pupil’s ICT skills, knowledge, understanding and capability through taught ICT lessons and to provide opportunities for pupils to apply and consolidate their ICT capability across all curriculum contexts.
- To provide an environment where access to and use of ICT resources is natural, commonplace and enjoyable.
- To keep pace with educational developments and emerging technologies in ICT.
- To use ICT to extend and develop communication skills.
- To make children aware of inappropriate use of ICT and how to use ICT responsibly.
At Golcar Junior, Infant and Nursery School, Computing is taught through our cross-curricular topics, as well as discretely, to ensure thorough curriculum coverage. We use the Discovery Coding package to systematically develop pupils’ depth of knowledge and understanding of how computer programs are created and used. We aim to develop pupils coding abilities further by using the Scratch programme to stretch their capabilities. We teach the essential skills of using word processing, presentation and analytical programs within Maths, Science and other subjects when opportunities present themselves.
In our school, we take the online safety of our pupils as seriously as all other aspects of their safety and wellbeing. We inculcate the responsible use of technology from the earliest ages by using specially targeted, age-appropriate resources.