At Holywell, we are DIGITAL INNOVATORS. We want our children to understand the potential of technology and start to build computing skills for the future. We want them to become digital creators, using technology to support other areas of their work and lives, and also to understand the responsibilities of being digital consumers on their time, relationships and wellbeing.
We know the digital workplace is continuously evolving and want them to grow up wanting to a part of that as software engineers, video game designers, web developers or IT consultants.
Our Computing curriculum strives to develop resilient, reflective, creative and independent learners. It gives space for children to become “computational thinkers”, tackling complex problems, making mistakes and learning from them.
It also engages our children, through the creative use of technology, to prepare pupils for the demands of the 21st century and the technological world that awaits them in the future. As well as the huge potential of technology, we teach our children to understand the challenges and problems it can create.
We teach them to become good digital citizens, to know how to stay safe and keep others safe online, to be aware of the need to test out what and who they see and the importance of what they share in creating their own digital footprint.
Our curriculum design is based on evidence from cognitive science – that learning is most effective with spaced repetition and that retrieval of previously learned content is frequently and regular to increase both storage and retrieval strength.
We want to equip our children with not only the minimum statutory requirements of the computing National Curriculum but to prepare them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.
Teachers use the National Curriculum, Ventrus Curriculum Approach and Teaching Computing and Twinkl as a basis for planning. Within this, some of our teaching and learning for Computing is linked to other subjects where appropriate but it is often taught discretely.
- Children complete computing units half-termly, but digital literacy is embedded in all subjects and is used on a daily basis to enhance and support the learning of other curriculum areas.
- The school uses a suite of core applications linked to the planning, which enable children to develop and progress their skills through-out school.
- Children have access to iPads and laptops to support all areas of the curriculum.
- In computing lessons, children use laptops to allow them to practice basic mouse and keyboard skills in each session.
- Teachers follow a clear progression of skills which ensure all pupils are challenged inline with their year group expectations and are given the opportunity to build on their prior knowledge.
- The role of parents is recognised and they are involved in understanding how to keep their children safe online at home.
- In order to support children in their ability to ‘know more and remember more’ there are regular opportunities to review the learning taken place in previous topics as well as previous lessons.
Staff ensure that skills build on those that have been attained in previous years to consolidate and build on them as they move through school.
We ensure that children who are achieving well, as well as those who need additional support, are identified, and additional provision and strategies are planned in and discussed with class teachers.
Ongoing assessments take place throughout the year. Teachers use this information to inform future lessons; ensuring children are supported and challenged appropriately.
We work to improve staff knowledge and confidence, leading to a stronger profile in Computing and raised pupil achievement.
Families at our school use technology responsibly, in line with the school’s acceptable use policies.