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Intent

At Field Lane, we want all our students to master computers. Technology is all around us and will play an essential part in our students' futures. We want them to become digital creators, using technology to support their work and lives, but also understand the responsibilities of being digital consumers on their time, relationships and wellbeing. We know the digital workplace is continuously evolving and want them to grow up wanting to be a part of this evolution. We want our students to be responsible users of computers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. It allows children to tackle complex problems and make mistakes and learn from them.

We teach our children to understand the challenges and problems digital technology can create. We teach them to become good digital citizens, to know how to stay safe and keep others safe online.

We 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 so that by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.

Implementation

At Field Lane, we use the Purple Mash long and medium term planning to teach our computing curriculum. This equips the students with the necessary computer science, information technology and digital literacy skills to thrive. Children complete computing units half-termly, but digital literacy is embedded in all subjects and is used on a daily basis to enhance and support the learning of other curriculum areas.

The school uses a suite of core applications linked to the scheme, which enable children to develop and progress their skills through-out school. 

Topics are blocked to allow children to focus on developing their knowledge and skills, studying each topic in depth.

Children have access to Chromebooks to support all areas of the curriculum. Strands of computing include:

 

Information Technology

Computer Science

Digital Literacy

Word processing                           

Data handling

Presentations

Photography

Video creation

Sound

Augmented reality

 

Computational thinking

Programming

Computer networks

Online bullying

Self image and identity

Managing online material

Privacy and security

Health, wellbeing and lifestyle

Copyright and ownership

 We encourage children and staff to apply these skills to the whole curriculum. We have a regular open discussion with our children about the use of computers and how they can be used for the greater good.  

Impact

At Field Lane we encourage children to enjoy and value what the digital world has to offer. We ask the why behind their learning and not just the how. Staff ensure that skills build on those that have been attained in previous years to consolidate  them as the children move through school. Families at our school use technology responsibly, in line with the school’s acceptable use policies. Children understand how to be safe online.

We look for evidence of children’s understanding through the work that they produce and conversations we have.

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