At Swanwick Primary school we want pupils to be confident in the use of technology through a mastery approach that combines skills, critical thinking and being safe. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in pupils' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology (especially being safe online) to model positive use.
We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/the online world is through education. Building knowledge in this subject allows pupils to demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.
We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and plan that by Upper Key Stage 2, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
We feel the majority of computing should support the curriculum as well teaching the necessary discreet skills. Swanwick Primary School offers timetabled Computing sessions each week for the teaching of computing itself as well as additional sessions to support and embed other learning within the curriculum. However, knowing how packed a weekly timetable can be, we also offer flexible sessions with other hardware to ensure opportunities for learning can always be maximised. We believe this approach allows for flexibility.
The computing curriculum is supported through various programs, however our main program of study utilises Purple Mash. This offers a robust, malleable and engaging scheme that utilises all areas of the computing subject. Purple Mash also offers strong cross-curricular resources, allowing the mastery approach to computing to take place.
Online Safety is obviously an important part of our program and is carried out from EYFS to Year 6. We believe pupils should be kept safe both in school and at home when accessing the online world and deliver responsible choices. We aim to empower pupils to engage in their own responsibility to be safe online by using the SMART acronym (Safe, Meet, Accept, Reliable, Tell). Swanwick Primary School will also engage the wider community by holding parent meetings - keeping them abreast of a constantly altering digital world. Online safety is also taught discreetly though school as part of every topic and in cross-curricular areas such as Jigsaw, the school’s PSHE program.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver. We will constantly ask the WHY behind their learning and not just the HOW. We want pupils to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and Online Safety.
Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style. 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 and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this.
The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work through Purple Mash, shared classroom screens and to other staff will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through discussion with pupils, staff and reviewing work on the school’s internal server, stored work on Purple Mash and observing learning regularly.
Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through outcomes and the record of coverage in the process of achieving these outcomes.