At Sandwich Infant School our aim is to provide a high-quality, engaging computing curriculum which is fully inclusive and accessible to every child. We aim to give our pupils the life-skills and develop transferable skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way. Computing skills support children to become confident, creative and independent learners, and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent users of technology through our computing lessons, we also want them to develop creativity, resilience, problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child.
Children learn computing skills within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. We ensure children have access to resources which will support new skills and knowledge. Children will have access to the hardware (laptops, iPads, BeeBots, classroom computers) and the software that they need to develop knowledge and skills. Children will have regular opportunities to learn and discuss the importance of online safety through both the computing and PSHE curriculum.
From the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), children learn basic skills including knowing how to operate simple equipment to completing a simple program on a computer. These skills are built upon as they progress throughout the school and by the time they finish Year Two, the children are confidently using a range of skills such as creating and de-bugging simple programs, using technology to create digital content and identifying/reporting inappropriate online content. We consistently model and educate children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.
Children at Sandwich Infant School will be digitally literate, confident and safe users of technology. They will understand the implications of their actions online and how best to keep safe. Children will be able to use these skills to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. They will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of technology and digital systems. They will apply computational thinking skills to develop a deeper level of understanding across the curriculum through resilience, problem solving and creativity.