At Limpsfield, our intention is to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever changing digital world. Knowledge and understanding of ICT is of increasing importance for children’s future both at home and for employment later in life. Our Computing scheme aims to instil a sense of enjoyment around using technology and to develop pupil’s appreciation of its capabilities and the opportunities technology offers to, create, manage, organise and collaborate.
Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. Online safety is an element of computing that needs to be revisited throughout the year and therefore is incorporated into every term.
Tinkering with software and programs forms a part of the ethos of the scheme as the children develop confidence when encountering new technology, which is important in an ever growing digital world. The scheme is organised into 5 areas: computer systems and networks, programming, creating media, data handling and online safety. All the elements are incorporated into our curriculum and both year 1 and year 2 align with each other as much as possible. It is vital that children are exposed to all the parts of computing so when they move onto their junior schools they have a foundation that allows their computing skills and knowledge to be developed.
Children at Limpsfield will be digitally literate and able to join the rest of the world on its digital platform. They will be equipped, not only with the skills and knowledge to use technology effectively and for their own benefit, but more importantly – safely. The biggest impact we want on our children is that they understand the consequences of using the Internet and that they are also aware of how to keep themselves safe online.