Within the love of God, at St Nicholas C.E. Primary Academy we want all students to be able to thrive as responsible digital citizens. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our pupils' lives; through the teaching of computing, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are being constantly transformed by technology. We aim to enable all learners to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information while developing the key skills and knowledge necessary for children to confidently, creatively and independently use a range of technology and become respectful digital citizens.
In KS1, children are taught to use the internet and Microsoft Office to safely and respectfully use technology purposefully to create, organise and display content successfully and apply their understanding of technology to the world around them. Through the use of Scratch Junior, KS1 children will begin to develop an understanding of how to use algorithms to program digital devices.
In KS2, our pupils safely and respectfully use Microsoft Office and the internet to publish, present and create spreadsheets to display and share information with others. The children encounter a range of coding programmes providing them with the opportunities to apply prior knowledge and develop it further. As respectful and experienced digital citizens, our pupils learn to understand computer networks and the communication and collaboration which they facilitate, allowing them to apply and combine software.
E-safety underpins our entire computing curriculum and is threaded through every lesson. Each academic year (across all year groups) with how to use technology safely, allowing children to become familiar with how to respectfully and responsibly use technology, understand acceptable and unacceptable behaviour online and how to report concerns. Across all year groups, E-Safety is regularly and purposefully re-explored through weekly computing lessons to create great digital citizens. Key awareness days are also prioritised through our detailed collective worship planning.
This year we have become a National Online Safety school where we will be working towards becoming National Online Safety Certificated. We assessed online safety as a priority for computing this year in the wake of the remote education over the previous years. In order to achieve this, we will be training pupils, staff, parents and governors how to be safe online through high level: courses, webinars, explainer videos and handouts.
Our computing curriculum is taught through our delivery of our Cornerstones topics. Our fun and engaging topics have been carefully chosen to allow full coverage of the computing curriculum across the key stage 1 and 2.
EYFS deliver the prerequisites for the computing curriculum through the implementation of Personal, Social and Emotional Development; Physical Development and Expressive Arts and Design.
Our Computing Curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. Children will be confident users of technology and able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. Children will have a secure knowledge of how to be a responsible digital citizen. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems. At St Nicholas, we assess the impact of computing through the use of pupil questionnaires, formative assessment and learning walks.
Should you have any concerns about what your child might be accessing online, please speak to any member of staff.
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