At Walton we want pupils to be masters of technology. We understand that technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in students' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.
We recognise that the best prevention for a lot of issues we currently see with technology/social media is through education - technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways.
We also understand the accessibility opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer scientists.
We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by Year 6, children have the independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
Computing has a dedicated lesson each week for all classes from the EYFS-Year 6. To support the delivery of the national curriculum, we use 'Purple Mash' and 'Project EVOLVE'. A mixture of these allows for a firm structure to ensure coverage of computer skills and science as well as online safety in the classroom and world around them.
We chose to use 'Purple Mash' as it is a safe learning environment, that utilises creative tools and themed resources to support computing across the curriculum. We have recently begun using Project EVOLVE as it uses the statements from the Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) framework 'Education for a connected world', to support education using up to date, relevant and engaging life lessons.
Whilst we have set lessons for computing each week, the staff are encouraged to use technology throughout the week to encourage the understanding of the importance technology now has in out lives and how it can be used in a cross curricular way.
We aim for our children to discuss, reflect and appreciate the impact computing has on their learning, development and well being. Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy life-style.
We feel the way we implement computing helps children realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this.
Please see the Walton 'Policies and Procedures' page for the most up to date procedure for Computing and Online Safety.