At Chilton Primary School, we believe that a high-quality computing education equips all children, including disadvantaged children and children with SEND, with the skills and knowledge in computational thinking and creativity to help them to understand the world that they live in and be able to be ambitious, successful young people. At Chilton, we have recently transitioned to the Teach Computing scheme. By doing so, we hope to raise the profile of Computing within our school and develop a lifelong passion for Computing. Our children will be taught Computing in a way that ensures progression of skills and follows a sequence to build on previous learning. Within Teach Computing, units are revisited repeatedly to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Each unit follows a sequence of lessons that build on previous learning and enhance the pupils’ computational and analytical thinking. Our pupils will gain experience and skills of a wide range of technology, through accessible applications, software and programs, in a way that will enhance their learning opportunities.
By the time they leave Chilton, children will have gained key knowledge, understanding and skills in the three main strands of the National Curriculum for Computing (2014). These strands are: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to create, store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully).
We also firmly believe the importance of delivering a high-quality Online-Safety curriculum, alongside the core values of these three strands. As technology develops, so does the need for a better understanding of how to use it in a responsible manner. We encourage all staff to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. The education of online safety is therefore essential, to ensure pupils are equipped with the skills to recognise risks online, to be critically aware of the materials and content they access online, along with guidance on how to accurately validate information accessed via the internet. As part of our Online Safety provision, the whole school take part in a ‘Safer Internet’ day in February to reinforce the importance of using technology responsibly.