CURRICULUM – COMPUTING
Through the teaching of computing we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners who will ultimately go on to use these skills in the world of work. Therefore it is our intention that our pupils have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this.
Our broad and balanced computing curriculum, encompassing information technology, digital literacy and online safety reflects these aims. 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. This is at the heart of our curriculum, and specifically one of our three curriculum drivers ‘Global and Local Community’. We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education. Through digital literacy and online safety, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. This supports another of our three curriculum drivers, ‘Spiritual and Moral’. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. We encourage our staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by the time they move on to secondary school, our children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
Over the past year the internet has become more important than ever and Camp School recognises that internet, mobile and digital technologies provide a good opportunity for children and young people to learn, socialise and play, provided they are safe. We are very aware that young people’s future economic success may be partly dependent on their online skills and reputation and we are committed to ensuring that all pupils will be able to use these technologies safely. This is part of our safeguarding responsibility.
At Camp School online safety remains a high priority; all classes learn about practical ways to remain safe online through lessons within Computing, as well as considering the moral, social and emotional implications of online activities during PSHE lessons. We have recently reviewed the ‘Online Safety Policy’, which can be found on the policies page. This policy includes an ‘acceptable use agreement’ (Appendix D) for all pupils. This is a set of online safety rules which pupils must agree to adhere to. Children will have the opportunity to read and discuss this document in school, with pupils signing a class copy to be displayed in the computer area of each classroom. We are asking that you have a conversation with your child/children about this agreement at home.