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Computing at Larkspur

Intent 

 

At Larkspur we aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world, using technology.  Our intention is to enable children to find, explore, analyse exchange and present information. We want our children to become confident users so they can develop skills, knowledge and understanding which will enable them to be creative and independent learners.  The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. By the time they leave Larkspur, children will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond. 

 

Implementation 

 

Information Technology 

Computer Science 

Digital Literacy 

Word Processing/Typing 

Computational Thinking 

Self-Image and Identity 

Data Handling 

Programming 

Online Relationships 

 Presentations, Web design and ebook  

Computer Networks 

Online Reputation 

Animation/Video Creation 

 

Online Bullying 

Photography and Digital Arts 

 

Managing Online Information 

Sound and Music 

 

Privacy and Security 

Data Handling 

 

Copy right and ownership 

 

A clear and effective, bespoke cross curricular scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science 

Access to resources which aid in the acquisition of skills and knowledge. 

Children will have access to the hardware (computers, tablets, programmable equipment) and software that they need to develop knowledge and skills of digital systems and their applications 

A clear and effective scheme of work that provides coverage in line with the National Curriculum. 

Teaching and learning should facilitate progression across all key stages within the strands of digital literacy, information technology and computer science. Children will have the opportunity to explore and respond to key issues such as digital communication, cyber-bullying, online safety, security, plagiarism and social media. 

Wider Curriculum links and opportunities for the safe use of digital systems are considered in wider curriculum planning. 

The importance of online safety is shown through displays within the learning environment and computer suite. 

Parents are informed when issues relating to online safety arise and further information/support is provided if required. 

As well as opportunities underpinned within the scheme of work, children will also spend time further exploring the key issues associated with online safety. 

 

 

Impact

 

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. 

  • Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school. 

We want learners to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and wellbeing. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle.  

  • Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems.  This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving. 

The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online. 

  • Children will be able to apply British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect when using digital systems.

 

 

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