Computing Vision Statement
What is the vision for Computing at The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery?
At The Phoenix Primary School and Nursery, our vision for Computing is to develop understanding of computing science and to ensure that all children are 'digitally literate' so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through digital technology. Furthermore, our children will be able to use these skills to enhance their learning in other curriculum areas. We intend to provide all of our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing. As computing technology underpins today’s modern lifestyle it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world, where, if they so wish, they can be the future developers of software, graphic designers and digital engineers. The curriculum will motivate them to use technology at its best and help them develop lifelong transferable skills through promoting curiosity, confidence and creativity whilst inspiring challenges.
It is for the generations to come that we must strive to create a better world. There is no better way to invest in a bright, clean, and sustainable future than to teach our children how they can enjoy all the benefits technology brings without harming our planet. Moreover, by giving our children the vital lessons of responsible use of technology we are teaching them to:
- Grow into happier, more fulfilled individuals
- Be healthier
- Take responsibility for the future of the planet
- Use technology more efficiently
- To provide children with the knowledge and confidence to use the Internet responsibly and safely.
- To ensure children can spot dangers in the online world and report these where necessary
- To provide children with sufficient skills to recognise false and misleading information on the internet
- To encourage children to apply their Computing skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas.
- To ensure children can use IT to find, select and use information.
- To ensure children use Computing for effective and appropriate communication.
- To encourage children to use IT to evaluate and critically assess information as well as properly evidence any argument or point of view they wish to make
- To encourage children to explore their attitudes towards Computing and its value to them and society in general. For example, to learn about issues of security and personal safety, confidentiality and accuracy.
- To inspire pupils to develop a love of the digital world, and so properly prepare for its place in their futures
Finally, Computing is seen as a discipline that is open to all; regardless of ability, gender, cultural background or ethnicity.
How is this vision for Computing to be achieved?
Children who take part in Computing lessons will:
- Progressively develop the key computing skills of: E-Safety, Programming, Multimedia, Technology in Our Lives and Date Handling
- Benefit from a clear and effective, bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning will facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science
- Access resources which aid in the acquisition of both skills and knowledge.
- Have access to a wide variety of hardware (eg, PCs,laptops, tablets, programmable equipment, etc) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications
- Have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media.
- Be made aware of online safety issues by regularly reviewing the displays within the learning environment and computer suite.
- Be encouraged to develop opportunities for the safe use of digital systems across the curriculum
- Be encouraged to discuss with Parents issues relating to online safety, with parents being given help and advice on this topic by the school, as and when necessary
How does the school know if the Computing curriculum has been effective?
Firstly, children will be prepared for both future education and careers, with a bank of computing skills and knowledge. The Computing curriculum will ensure that they will be confident when using technology and be able to achieve their desired goals Furthermore, Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving, with implications for liberty, the rule of law, freedom of expression and personal safety.
Children shall be assessed, according to the assessment criteria set out in the scheme of work, at the end of each unit of study. In addition, children shall be assessed against the National Curriculum at the end of each term.