Calmore Infant School Computing Intent
At Calmore Infant School, we recognise that the world is rapidly changing and is being transformed by technology. It is necessary that our Computing education progresses accordingly, so our children have the skills to be successful and responsible in their future education, workplace and society. Like our wider curriculum, our Computing curriculum is accessible, inclusive and purposeful. Our Computing teaching fosters a love of learning, where our children gain confidence when using technology and enjoy the challenges that it brings.
Calmore Infant School Computing Implementation
Our Computing Curriculum follows the Early Years and National Curriculum and is taught with an explicit focus on the three domains: Computer Science, Information Technology Digital Literacy. The progression of skills helps to ensure a clear building on skills and knowledge. In Year R, Computing is taught weekly, but children also have access to Computers, iPads and other computational toys during Continuous Provision. In KS1, Computing is taught with links to the year group’s half-termly focus, i.e. Great Fire of London (Year 2), All About Calmore (Year 1) which makes learning purposeful and relevant. E-Safety is taught throughout the curriculum, but also explicitly with a whole-school termly focus driven by E-Safety assemblies.
Through explicit Computing teaching, our children will develop their simple Computational Thinking within Computer Science. This aims to support their problem-solving, creativity and adaptability for an ever-changing world. They will learn a basic range skills within Information Technology which will also be a foundation for later on in life; so that they can organise and edit digital media, publish their work for a range of purposes, and think about their audience. Keeping our children safe is always heart of our wider curriculum, as it is for our Computing and E-Safety curriculum. We aim to educate and empower our children with Digital Literacy skills which they can apply to new, unknown technologies now and later in life, so that they are responsible citizens of their community. As the curriculum develops throughout the school, children begin to have a secure understanding of technology within our world and how it can support us. Pupils become more familiar with a wide range of technology and programs, becoming more confident and independent and are able to apply their Computing skills confidently.
Similarly to how technology is a large part of our world, it is used as a tool to enrich learning across our school. Children are encouraged to be resourceful and apply their computing knowledge for a wide range of purposes such as researching important historical events, recording or publishing their story in English. They use the skills developed in Computing to support and enhance their learning across the school’s wider curriculum; preparing them for the future world.
Click on the links below to find out more about what the children learn in their computing and e-safety lessons.