At Tarporley CE, our aim is that our pupils are able to use, express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology to enable them to be prepared for the transition to high school and to become effective members of the digital community of the future. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners.
Aligned to our BOOKS curriculum approach, we encourage our children to explore the opportunities created by Computing, to find out about the breadth and depth of God’s world, to use technology to develop reasoning and logic, alongside new skills and knowledge and to be responsible and courageous in their approach.
We will ensure, through specific teaching activities, that children are equipped with the underpinning knowledge and behaviours to navigate the online world safely and respectfully. We will:
- Ensure children understand how to use technology safely, responsibly and respectfully through application of the Internet Policy.
- Create activities which allow for differentiation and extension of skills.
- Use Computing to develop speaking, listening and communication skills.
- Develop skills progressively throughout the year groups.
- Monitor and record children’s progress to sustain a high level of development.
- Integrate Computing within other subjects as well as teaching independent activities.
- Ensure high quality resources (hardware and software) are available to develop appropriate Computing skills.
- Celebrate achievement in Computing in accordance with the school’s Behaviour Policy.
The school bases its curriculum on the national curriculum guidelines, which are taught primarily through the Purplemash resources scheme. This takes account of mixed year groups as lessons will be taught on a 2-year rolling cycle. Each strand will be taught at least once during every year group.Lessons may be discrete or taught as part of an integrated lesson with another subject.
In addition to the school curriculum, we will be running Code Club for KS2 in the Autumn and Spring terms. In Summer, we have Digital Wizards club, which is run by an external provider. These clubs mainly cover aspects of the Computer Science strand, with elements of Digital Literacy.