At Rood End Primary School, we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a safe way, becoming confident and responsible digital citizens. We provide our children with engaging, practical experiences of programming, algorithms, and data representations, that will develop their computational thinking, independence skills and encourage creativity. Our computing curriculum teaches children skills and develops knowledge in three key areas:
- Computer Science
- Information Technology
- Digital Literacy
We follow the iCompute scheme of work in Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, selected because of its robust and engaging design which allows pupils to develop a depth of knowledge alongside increasingly valuable computing skills. It provides excellent support for teachers, including detailed lesson plans and resources, enabling all teachers to deliver high quality computing lessons.
Although digital literacy is embedded into the iCompute curriculum, we also teach discrete Online Safety lessons, using resources from National Online Safety which cover the following areas:
- Health, wellbeing, and lifestyle
- Privacy and security
- Self-image and identity
- Managing information online
- Online relationships
- Online bullying
- Online reputation
- Copyright and ownership
By using this approach, we ensure that pupils experience a robust digital literacy curriculum, covering all aspects of online safety recommended by the Department for Education.
Teachers assess pupils against end-of-unit expectations which are clearly defined in each iCompute unit plan. This provides an overview of attainment and allows us to track pupil progress.
After the implementation of our computing curriculum, pupils should leave school equipped with a range of skills to enable them to succeed in their secondary education and to become digitally literate adults, discerning in their online life.