Computing is an integral part of everyday life and will play an immeasurable part in our children’s futures. At Linton Mead Primary School, we will provide our children with the skills, creativity and enthusiasm to live and thrive in a world increasingly dependent on computing.
Each child will be able to use the Internet in a safe and respectful way. They will understand the necessary precautions to take, to stay safe and know where to seek help. No child will feel threatened or unsafe whilst using the Internet at school or at home. Children will also utilise the Internet efficiently to enhance their learning of all subjects. The school will provide parent workshops, allowing parents to share their experiences of their children’s use of the internet and allow us to work together as a community to promote E-Safety.
Standards of attainment across the school will exceed that which is expected of our children nationally. The school will utilise up-to-date technology to achieve these outstanding results across all year groups. Children will be able to write and debug codes and algorithms successfully and with confidence, using the appropriate terminology. All staff will be confident users and teachers of all relevant software and hardware available.
Computing coverage at Linton Mead
At Linton Mead Primary School, we deliver the computing programme of study through Switched On Computing by Rising Stars, which we are starting to adapt to suit the needs of the school. Here, we ensure that the requirements of the National Curriculum for computing are being met. The National Curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- 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.
Our scheme of work ensures full coverage of the three distinct areas of the computing curriculum: Information Technology, Digital Literacy and Computer Science and it provides the pupils with a clear progression of these skills starting in Year 1 and through to Year 6.
In recent years, our school has also made a substantial investment in purchasing new hardware such as iPads, laptops and trolleys to support the study of computing. This has begun to raise the profile of computing and it has helped us to engage all of our pupils in the study of the new computing curriculum. Below is our yearly overview where you can find out what your child will be learning in computing.
Our curriculum ensures Online Safety is embedded throughout and that pupils use technology safely and respectfully, understanding the importance of keeping their personal information private; how to identify where to go for help and support if they have concerns about any content or a contact on the internet or other online technologies.
How can you support your children to use technology safely and respectfully at home?
Click this link to access the document, Parenting in a Digital World. This document, containing tips and advice for each of the key areas of online safety for primary-aged children, has been put together by 2Simple to help support parents in enabling their children to grow into a responsible digital citizen who is able to keep themselves safe while, at the same time, getting the very best from the digital world.
It can be hard to know how to talk to your child about online safety. From setting up parental controls to advice on sexting, online games and video apps, we can help you to understand the risks and keep your child safe.