At Dickleburgh C of E Primary Academy, helping children to flourish safely in an increasingly connected, digital world is central to our approach. E-safety is our starting point as we teach children to be digitally literate, developing their sensitivity to others online, treating them with respect, and showing respect for their privacy. The use of information and communication technology is an integral part of learning in our school and is a key skill for everyday life. Laptops, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Dickleburgh Church of England Primary Academy we recognise that children are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use it effectively.
In Computing, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. It is taught in an integrated way as part of our topic work planned through our use of the Dimensions Learning Means the World curriculum resource, which ensures that children progress in an age-appropriate way as they develop their knowledge and skills. Computing encourages children to use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs, gives pupils rapid access to ideas and experiences from a wide range of people, communities and cultures (for example through the use of the internet and email) and helps children to express themselves and develop their ideas. Critical thinking and analytical skills are developed through our computing lessons and nurtures pupils’ collaboration skills, as they work together and support one another in their learning.
Our Computing curriculum enables children to become both users and creators. Across all phases of the school, children understand algorithms and programming and how this all fits into our digital world. We pride ourselves on using and implementing new and innovative technologies to prepare children for the ever–changing digital world we live in, whilst embedding the safe, respectful and responsible use of technology, recognising both acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour and identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact.
Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Through our Computing Curriculum, our pupils are given opportunities to express themselves, develop and present their ideas through IT. We are careful about what we communicate and share online and are respectful and mindful when keeping ourselves and others safe online.