Technology is changing the lives of everyone globally. Through the teaching of computing at Chestnuts, we aim to inspire the next generation and equip them with the skills they need to participate in the rapidly changing world, where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. Computing skills and computational thinking are major factors in enabling children to become resilient, creative and critical digital citizens, understanding their role and responsibilities in the digital landscape.
Our computing curriculum fits within our cross curricular topics which aim to make connections to other subjects and to develop children’s understanding of the digital world. Within our computing curriculum, we endeavor to prepare our children for a digital world that is constantly changing and evolving and empower them to use technology effectively.
The national curriculum defines three clear aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL). Our children will be given the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding in each area every year from the Early Years until they reach Year 6.
At Chestnuts, we aim to develop children who:
- Are responsible, confident and creative users of technology.
- Apply computational thinking beyond the taught computing curriculum.
- Become digitally literate and are active participants in a digital world.
- Know how to stay safe whilst using technology and the internet, minimising risk to themselves and others.
- Understand and follow agreed e-safety rules and know who to contact if they have concerns, including knowing how to use the report buttons.
- Have repeated practical experience writing computer programs in order to solve problems, including logic and algorithms.
- Ask and answer questions through collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information.
- Understand how digital networks work and the services that they provide.
- Use search options effectively, understanding the need to evaluate the relevance of content.
We also run a Digital Leaders programme which aims to empower our children to encourage others to use technology in a positive way both in and out of school. As part of their role, the children host assemblies, liaise with the School Councillors to obtain pupil voice as well as support the use of technology across the school.