All pupils at Highfield St. Matthews have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world.
The national curriculum for Computing is to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
The new Primary Computing curriculum started from September 2014 and this provided us with another fantastic opportunity to develop our school's approach to internet safety.
Internet safety is included in the Programmes of Study for all Key Stages to help ensure that young people are "responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.".
However, internet safety is not just restricted to the Computing curriculum!
Even though we have included E-Safety as part of this Computing page, it is an over arching theme that is embedded in many areas of our curriculum.
We have worked hard to develop a progressive internet safety curriculum in our school, that equips our children with knowledge and understanding, along with an ability to make 'safe informed decisions' when online.
Our approach to internet safety is to treat it as a whole school community issue, with educational messages embedded across Computing/ICT, PSHE, SRE and citizenship, as well as touching on e-safety issues across the curriculum whenever and wherever children are using technology.
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Computing Policy 2020/21
During Autumn Term, all children at HSTM have had the chance to explore 'Purple Mash' within the first half-term, followed by an in-depth look into 'Online Safety'. Have a look below at all the exciting things we have been up to:
Year 6 started the year looking how '2Code' on Purple Mash, followed by some fantastic Online Safety lessons. We started by designing posters, which then helped us to design a powerpoint presentation linking to 'Online Safety. Take a look below at our fantastic work:
Computing Long Term Plan 2020/21