The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of our curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. Computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Highfield Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the knowledge and skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
We believe that ICT and computing:
- Gives pupils immediate access to a rich source of materials.
- Can present information in new ways which help pupils understand access and use it more readily.
- Can motivate and enthuse pupils.
- Can help pupils focus and concentrate.
- Offers potential for effective group working.
- Has the flexibility to meet the individual needs and abilities of each pupil.
Our intention in teaching computing is that all children will:
- Develop their computing capability, including their knowledge and understanding of the importance of information, of how to select and prepare it in order to communicate with others by using technology.
- Develop their skills in using hardware and software independently and effectively.
- Develop their ability to apply computing skills as a tool to support learning wherever possible in all other areas of the curriculum.
- Appreciate the relevance of computing in our society, and be aware of its advantages and limitations.
- Develop positive attitudes towards computing, including confidence and enjoyment and to use it in a safe and responsible way.
- Be inspired to continue to learn and apply the skills they learn further at secondary school, university, and beyond in the workplace.
- Be able to use digital literacy skills to find, evaluate, create, and communicate information and media for a range of purposes in a range of contexts.
- Develop understanding of technology and how it is constantly evolving.
- Develop a knowledge of how a range of information and computer technologies work to create, store and communication information and data (E.g. to learn about how the internet works).
To help us achieve this, we will:
- Meet the national curriculum requirements for computing by implementing a scheme of work to allow pupils to develop the specific computing skills as set down in the new curriculum.
- Encourage the use of computing to develop knowledge, skills and understanding across the wider curriculum (through raising the awareness of opportunities available).
- Nurture awareness amongst pupils and staff of the capabilities and limitations of computing as well as the implications of its development for society.
- Allow staff to develop professionally; enhancing teaching, management and administrative skills through: INSET, courses and time provided for individual development during the school day.
As mentioned above, at Highfield we follow the National Curriculum for England. The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
- 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
If you would like to find out more about our computing curriculum, the following documents outline our rolling programme of teaching units:
Keeping your child safe on the internet is something we take extremely seriously. We discuss e-safety regularly in class and through assemblies.
The Vodafone digital parenting magazine is an excellent resource for parents on all aspects of e-safety.
You can also download a comprehensive guide covering many aspects of e-safety here:
Trafford Netware support
Netware is a parents’ guide to the social networks children and young people use. Please visit www.net-aware.org.uk for more information.