At Clement’s C of E Primary School, we aim to integrate technology to empower students to have the necessary skills and understanding to become creative problem-solvers. We want to spark children's curiosity, enabling them to be digitally literate in using a variety of hardware and software to collaborate, present and become critical thinkers. Technology has the power to transform learning, and we aim to enable all children to succeed by ensuring they are responsible global citizens who can use technology in new and imaginative ways.
Our curriculum is carefully structured to develop children's computational thinking concepts and approaches through a variety of unplugged [without a computer], screen or physical activities. We have discrete Computing lessons taught weekly but aim to embed technology as a tool to enhance children’s learning across the breadth of the curriculum.
The Computing Curriculum is comprised of three key areas of study: Computer Science; Digital Literacy and Information Technology.
Computer Science is the foundation element of the Computing curriculum. Children in EYFS initially write and follow algorithms, leading to programming robots around mazes to eventually in UKS2 coding Math’s quizzes and a platform game using a block-based coding language [Scratch]. Children are encouraged to develop key computational thinking strategies such as tinkering, decomposition and debugging to ensure they become critical thinkers and apply these skills across the breadth of the curriculum. Children also study the hardware components of devices and how simple networks work.
Information Technology units are designed for children to solve problems with the aid of technology: for instance, designing a new playground, making a story come to life through animation, editing images and audio for a meaningful purpose. We aim for children to leave St. Clement’s CofE Primary School with a variety of skills across devices to enable them to make the appropriate choices when deciding how to present or solve problems with the aid of Information Technology.
Digital Literacy. Children will learn to be responsible users of technology to engage and thrive in the digital world. It is at the forefront of all lessons and is embedded through class assemblies and e-safety days throughout the year. Children from EYFS to Year 6 are taught the underpinning knowledge and behaviours to be discerning users of technology who can be critical thinkers and be aware of who to talk to when upset or worried about what they have encountered regardless of the device, platform or app. Our curriculum is guided by the latest Teaching online safety in school guidelines by the Department of Education; Education for a Connected World Framework; Keeping Children Safe in Education; CEOP Thinkuknow Programme as well as Be Internet Matters Program.
Our detailed planning intends to give children the underlying skills and knowledge to be active participants in the technological world around them. They will develop the key computational thinking skills of decomposition, tinkering as well as using and applying logic to solve problems throughout their education at St. Clement’s CofE Primary School. Technology is a tool that we intent to use to enhance and support all learners, giving them the tools to be creative using a wide range of applications including utilising AR and VR to view the world; editing and creating movies; stop-time animation as well as 3D modeling.