The Swallowfield Computing curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Develop their skills in using hardware and software to manipulate information in their process of problem solving, recording and expressive work;
- Develop a high-quality computing education which equips them to understand and change the world through logical thinking and creativity;
- Develop their understanding of how digital systems work and to become digitally literate individuals;
- Explore their attitudes towards ICT, its value for themselves, others and society, and their awareness of its advantages and limitations.
Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science covering an effective scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Children will have access to computers, tablets, and programmable software that they will use to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications.
The importance of online E-Safety is shown through displays within the learning environment. Other opportunities within the scheme of work allow children to spend further time exploring the key issues associated with online safety during safer internet day, termly E-Safety lessons and E-safety books that are sent home on a Rota basis, across all year groups.
Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. Teachers assess through observation, discussion, pupil self-assessment and outcome. Teacher assessment concentrates on individual capability in order to inform future teaching and learning. Teachers make an annual assessment of progress for each child, as part of the child’s annual report to parents, based on termly assessments throughout the year.