Our IT subject lead is Miss Mawson.
We aim to prepare our pupils for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology at Tow Law Millennium Primary School. Our computing curriculum is designed to enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to further understand our world. Our curriculum design has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. At the core of our computing curriculum 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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, we intend for our children to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world despite the limitations they are faced with.
Our Computing curriculum is built on the National Curriculum objectives and we use Purple Mash to support our teaching and ensure progression as we have no specialist IT teachers. From this we have created a two year Computing Long Term Plan (due to mixed age classes) which develops a clear progression of skills building on pupils’ prior learning. We use a range of tools to support their learning. Our curriculum is comprised of three aspects: Digital Literacy, Computing and IT. Computing skills are taught both discretely and across the curriculum. Where required, CPD is provided to staff members to increase confidence and knowledge during the teaching of computing. Our safeguarding group support the Senior Leadership Team in gathering knowledge and needs of the children and parents.
In EYFS and Key Stage 1, children are taught to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully, to communicate and handle information and to support their problem solving, recording and expressive skills. In Key Stage 2, our children extend their use of computing that they use for communication, investigation and programming along with work to understand how to communicate safely. Our planned curriculum for digital literacy, that includes online safety is broad in covering a range of issues including understanding current issues such as ‘fake news’ and ‘body image’. We also support parents with newsletters and workshops to help keep them up to date with digital literacy information.
Computing has a high profile at our school. Our aim is to develop children who are confident using a wide range of hardware and software, and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another. The ultimate aim for our computing programme is to develop children so that they are ready for the technological world which they are living and growing up in.
Please follow this link to view our curriculum policies.