Intent

At Barley Fields, we acknowledge that technology is going to play a pivotal role in our students’ lives and as a result, we would like our children to be creators when using technology, using it to enhance their lives rather than becoming slaves to it in which they use the internet or social media to pass the time. Therefore, we need to model and educate our children on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely. Rather than simply using and consuming apps, EBooks, games, virtual reality and more, children should become creators and our curriculum aims to help them to do that.

The curriculum is taught through three clear strands:

  1. Computer Science
  2. Information Technology
  3. Digital Literacy.

As a school, we utilise technology (including social media- with most classes having their own Twitter pages and SeeSaw feeds) in order to model how it can be used positively. In order to diminish the growing problems and concerns around issues with technology and social media, we educate children to be responsible digital citizens. Through this approach, we are able to allow children to share their work and learning in a more creative manner (green screening, eBooks and iMovies, among many more) making the curriculum more accessible for all.

Through embedding elements of our computing curriculum in other curriculum areas, children are able to apply their knowledge creatively and, most importantly, for a purpose which helps them become a creator rather than a consumer. As a result, children will be fluent with a range of tools to express their understanding in a way they see fit and, by the end of their primary years, will have the independence, confidence a diligence to use technology to support and enhance their learning and everyday lives in a positive manner whilst also maintaining an effective balance.

Implementation

Our computing curriculum is taught through three strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy.

Impact

Our Computing curriculum is fun and enjoyed by learners, well-resourced and planned to demonstrate progression through Key Stage 1 and 2.  In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through:

  • Pupil discussions about their learning;
  • Monitoring and reflection against subject-specific skills defined in each year of study;
  • Children applying their skills and knowledge of Computing to other curriculum areas;
  • Children understanding how to stay safe online
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