At Crownfield Infant and Nursery School, we intend to prepare our children to be confident and competent within a world that is heavily shaped by technology. Our intent is that our computing curriculum will provide children with the skills to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We aim to deliver a curriculum from which children are equipped to use information technology positively, responsibly and safely as well as ensuring that children become digitally literate at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our curriculum incorporates the statutory requirements of Development Matters for EYFS and the National Curriculum 2014 for KS1, using ‘Rising Stars Switched on Computing’ to support, ensuring we best meet the learning and developmental needs of the pupils in our school. We aim to develop independent learners who are fluent in their understanding of computer science, teaching them how to use specific programmes where they are able to design, create, debug and evaluate their work using specific vocabulary.
We ensure our pupils are taught the importance of safe internet use during computing lessons, RSE lessons and whole school half termly assemblies. In every year group, online safety is a key focus with specific online safety lessons being taught in KS1. We are proud to have built a strong foundation to ensure that the majority of our children have the knowledge, understanding and skills to stay safe online. All of these key areas taught are reinforced by our SMART posters that are displayed in every classroom.
Throughout Crownfield Infant and Nursery School we use our skills progression documents to ensure that pupils secure the key skills needed to be successful, independent and motivated learners ready for their next stage of education. Within EYFS computing is embedded in the classroom, with a variety of ICT equipment always available for pupils to use. This is then supported in reception by fortnightly computing lessons, all aimed to prepare students for their step into Key Stage 1.
Throughout Key Stage 1 one lesson per week takes place, using the Rising Stars Switched on Computing Scheme and specific lessons to encourage independence and confidence with digital literacy.
Designing our Computing curriculum in such a way, ensures that each individual’s needs are met within this environment of high quality first wave teaching. Our ambition, for our children, is for them to leave us developing their digital literacy and being able to safely use technology. By creating an immersive and fun approach to computing education we seek to inspire a love of computing , promoting achievement and confidence in this subject. We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education.