At St John’s Highbury Vale, we aim to prepare our learners for the future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for the digital world.
Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners, and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. We have chosen a computing scheme which will offer the development of all skills children will need to use basic technology, but also includes opportunities to develop skills for more challenging and demanding systems.
Knowledge and understanding of technology are of increasing importance for children’s future. Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology.
These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time at school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross-curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
At the beginning of every academic year, each class covers an e-safety session that is age-specific. This ensures that the children understand how to keep themselves safe when they are on the internet, whether that be using a search engine, browser or any social media app. We also deliver online safety sessions for parents, so they too know how to keep their children safe, especially as children get older and have more access to the internet or mobile phone devices.
We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community, but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens. We aim for our children to be safe online users, and to understand how to navigate the social media world safely.
We aim for our children to be able to competently navigate themselves around a computer system, knowing and understanding the different software available, and choosing what software they need for particular pieces of work they want to complete.