Computing and Information and Communications Technology (ICT) play a vital role in our lives, particularly in current times where technologies are constantly changing and evolving. At James Cambell Primary School we believe a sound knowledge and understanding of ICT and Computing enables and prepares pupils to be active participants in a world where work, and other activities, are increasingly transformed by access to varied and developing technology. In consultation with a Borough advisor, we have written a tailor-made scheme of work, which incorporates both ‘Switched on Computing’ and the Borough syllabus. It enables our children to develop and practise skills through accessible applications, software and programs available both in school and at home, ensuring they become competent and confident analytical thinkers, computer programmers and understand how technology works. Pupils work with a range of equipment including: iPads, iPods, chrome books, computers and Beebots.
It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. There is a focus on teaching children technical vocabulary and really understanding what it means. We also focus on developing the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way. We want the children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate.
E-safety is a key focus in our curriculum and at James Cambell Primary School – we ensure our children are taught the importance of safe internet use (at home and at school) during computing lessons and through a whole-school ‘Safer Internet’ focus day in February, where there is a school assembly and class-based activities and this reinforced in KS2 through workshops by the Metropolitan Police. Within Computing we also teach children the skills they need to be able to question what they see on the internet and make their own judgements; an increasingly important aspect of being a digital citizen in the time of ‘fake news’. Children have opportunities to use ICT outside the timetabled lesson slot as it is embedded across the curriculum including activities in mathematics and English.