Tibshelf Infant & Nursery School is committed to all aspects of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
It is our intent at Tibshelf Infant and Nursery School to provide all of our children with a high-quality education in computing which provides access to an ever changing and expanding digital world. We wish to develop a love of computing, computational thinking and provide children with the ability to enhance their knowledge, skills and understanding through different types of media whilst keeping safety at the forefront of their minds. We believe that this will give our children the tools they need to succeed in a digital world. In regards to online safety, GDPR will play an important role in allowing children to recognise what information is personal to them and who and when it is safe to share it. To do this effectively, children must have a clear understanding of the meaning of personal information and recognise their own responsibility in safeguarding this. Children will be taught about their digital footprint and where to seek support and advice should they need it. We believe a strong understanding of these things will enable children to access modern technologies and communicate effectively whilst developing an ever increasing understanding of how to keep themselves safe from evolving dangers in the digital world. In our school we want children to become digitally literate by developing a range of transferrable skills which can make them active participants in a digital world and prepare them for the world of work. We aim to encourage children to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through a range of information technology. A core aspect of our computing teaching will be the teaching of 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.
The National Curriculum for Computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
- 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.
To ensure high standards of teaching and learning in computing, we implement a curriculum that is progressive throughout the whole school. The implementation of the curriculum ensures a balanced coverage of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. The children will have experience of this in each year group, but the subject knowledge increasingly specific in depth, with more complex skills being taught, thus ensuring learning is built upon. This ensures children are able to develop depth in their knowledge and skills. The school uses the Woking Computing Curriculum. At times areas of the curriculum is taught discreetly to ensure children can be confident in the specialist area of this and computing is covered by using technology to demonstrate learning in other subjects, thus embedding cross curricular links to make connections in their learning. In addition, specific lessons relating to on-line safety, GDPR and personal information are taught to the children. GDPR is a key priority with children being taught what we mean by personal information who should access it and how to keep it safe. In addition to discrete teaching, this continues to be implemented through the other linked lessons and each time children access digital devices.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well-being. Children will have developed the knowledge, skills and understanding to help them access and use a range of technology in a safe and creative way. Children will have developed skills that equip them to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. This knowledge and their skills will develop progressively as they move through the infant school and prepare them to become competent users of computing as they progress into Key Stage 2 at the Junior School. Close liaison between subject leaders at the Infant and Junior schools ensures that children leave Key Stage 1 equipped with the skills expected by the end of the Key Stage and teachers in Key Stage 2 have a clear understanding of what the children already know.
We measure the impact of our curriculum by encouraging regular discussions between staff and pupils. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally, assessing children’s understanding of a topic, images of children’s practical learning, pupil voice and through moderation.