At our school we want pupils to be MASTERS of technology and not slaves to it.Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students’ lives,.Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. .We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology (especially social media) to model positive use.We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education.
We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways.We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists.
We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible.We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Key Stage 3, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, Computing is taught across three main strands: digital literacy, computer science and information technology. As part of information technology, pupils learn to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through ICT for example writing and presenting as well as exploring art and design using multimedia. Within digital literacy, pupils develop practical skills in the safe use of ICT and the ability to apply these skills to solving relevant, worthwhile problems for example understanding safe use of internet, networks and email. In computer science we teach children to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. We also teach a progression of Computing vocabulary to support children in their understanding.
By the time they leave The Rose School, pupils will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming e.g. coding and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy, image manipulation, html – programming exercises (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.