Our School believes that every child should have the right to a curriculum that champions excellence; supporting pupils in achieving to the very best of their abilities. We understand the immense value technology plays not only in supporting the Computing and whole school curriculum but overall, in the day-to-day life of our school.
We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support conceptual understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils.
Our Lady of Compassion School utilises the National Curriculum for Computing’s aims to ensure that all pupils:
· Provide an exciting, rich, relevant and challenging Computing curriculum for all pupils.
· Enthuse and equip children with the capability to use technology throughout their lives.
· Give children access to a variety of high quality hardware, software and unplugged resources.
· Instill critical thinking, reflective learning and a ‘can do’ attitude for all our pupils, particularly when engaging with technology and its associated resources.
· Teach pupils to become responsible, respectful and competent users of data, information and communication technology.
· Teach pupils to understand the importance of governance and legislation regarding how information is used, stored, created, retrieved, shared and manipulated.
· Equip pupils with skills, strategies and knowledge that will enable them to reap the benefits of the online world, whilst being able to minimise risk to themselves or others.
· Use technology imaginatively and creatively to inspire and engage all pupils, as well as using it to be more efficient in the tasks associated with running an effective school.
· Provide technology solutions for forging better home and school links.
· Utilise computational thinking beyond the Computing curriculum.
Safeguarding: Online Safety
· Online safety has a high profile at Our Lady of Compassion School, for all stakeholders. We ensure this profile is maintained and that pupil needs are met by the following:
· A relevant up-to-date online safety curriculum which is progressive from FS1 to the end of Year 6.
· A curriculum that is threaded throughout other curriculums and embedded in the day-to-day lives of our pupils.
· Training for staff and governors which is relevant to their needs and ultimately positively impacts on the pupils.
· Scheduled pupil voice sessions and learning walks steer changes and inform training needs.
· Through our home/school links and communication channels, parents are kept up to date with relevant online safety matters, policies and agreements. They know who to contact at school if they have concerns.
· Pupils, staff and parents have Acceptable Use Policies which are signed and copies freely available.
· Our online safety policy (part of our safeguarding policy) clearly states how monitoring of online safety is undertaken and any incidents/infringements to it are dealt with.
· Filtering and monitoring systems for all our online access.
· Data policies which stipulate how we keep confidential information secure.
As we have some mixed-age classes, we do our medium-term planning on a two-year rotation cycle. This ensures our children do not repeat topics.
As a school, we have chosen the Purple Mash Computing Scheme of Work from Reception to Year 6 and also utilise ‘Barefoot Computing’ to maximise the learning potential of the children and enhance the skill set of our staff. The scheme of work supports our teachers in delivering fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve to their full potential. We are confident that the scheme of work more than adequately meets the national vision for Computing. It provides immense flexibility, strong cross-curricular links and integrates perfectly with the 2Simple Computing Assessment Tool.
Each class is allocated a block of time each week, when they can utilise the school’s fully equipped Computing suite, in order to teach discrete Computing skills and to use them in a cross-curricular way.
A desktop and interactive whiteboard are stationed in every classroom to help embed Computing throughout the curriculum. OLC is wirelessly connected to the school’s broadband Internet connection and school network, with the option of a secure ‘Guest Network’ for visitors. Each class also has rota’d access to a class set of iPads.
Teaching and Learning
Computing will be delivered though a variety of methods. There will be an emphasis on enriching and enhancing the whole curriculum via the use of Computing, and will include activities such as:
· Problem solving and investigations using the Internet safely
· Research about Cross-Curricular areas of study
· Using multimedia such as digital cameras, sound recorders and other audio-visual equipment.
All pupils, regardless of race, faith or gender, shall have the opportunity to develop Computing capability. OLC shall promote equal opportunities for computer usage and fairness of distribution of Computing resources. Children with a computer at home are encouraged to use it for educational benefit, in line with our online safety policy, and parents are offered advice about what is appropriate: for example, in INSPIRE workshops.
Positive images of computer use by a range of children and adults will be promoted.
OLC recognises the advantages of the use of Computing equipment by children with Special Educational Needs, EAL in particular, to address their individual needs, increase their access to the Curriculum and enhance their language skills. OLC will endeavour to buy – or source funding for – appropriate resources to suit specific needs of all children.
Recording, Assessment and Reporting
As the class teacher works through the Scheme of Work, they will record progress of each child and use this to record to inform their future planning and assessment.
Children and staff will be made aware of the correct way to sit whilst using netbooks, laptops or desktop computers and the need to take regular breaks if they are to spend any length of time on computers. Online Safety posters will be on display in every classroom. OLC also has a ‘Responsible Use of the Internet’ policy.