At Chalfont St Peter Infant School School, we aim 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. Our Computing curriculum focuses on progression skills in Computer Science, Information Technology, Digital Literacy and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. These skills are revisited repeatedly to ensure that the learning is embedded and that the skills are developed.
Computing is taught in discrete weekly Computing lessons. Teachers use the ‘Purple Mash’ scheme of work, published by 2Simple. Every lesson in the scheme has been individually planned so that it can meet the needs of all of our pupils. The scheme has been closely referenced against the 2014 National Curriculum attainment targets, in order to ensure progression and coverage of all specific Learning Objectives. At Chalfont St Peter Infant School, we believe that discrete focused Computing tasks taught in our Computer Suite, 'The Cocoa Pod' enables pupils to develop depth in their knowledge and skills over the duration of each of their computing topics. There are 31 computers in the 'Cocoa Pod' enabling each child to access the tasks independently. Children are encouraged to develop word processing skills through teacher support for knowledge of the keyboard and its specific uses. Floor robots such as 'Bee Bots' are available for children to learn simple programming and demonstrate understanding of algorithms and debugging. Where appropriate, meaningful links will be made between the computing curriculum and the wider curriculum. Often, lessons are enhanced by Computing skills including English where children create news reports, fact files or book reviews. In Music, children are encouraged to use 2Beat to compose simple rhythms or percussion tunes. In Maths, children access online platforms to consolidate their learning of specific concepts. In addition, they prepare information for Data Handling demonstrating understanding via 2graph using pictograms. Utilising cross-curricular links motivates pupils and gives purpose to their learning. They are supported to make connections with specific subjects using previously taught skills as they progress throughout KS1.
Recently during August 2021, with support from the Computing Governor and our IT provider, we have taken great strides to improve the speed of our internet. In the very near future, tablet devices or Ipads will be available for small group learning including those children with SEN.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that, when EYFS and KS1 children at Chalfont St Peter Infant School transition to their next school in KS2, they will be competent and safe users of IT with an understanding of how technology works. They will be able:
Throughout their journey in our school, children will have been working towards becoming digitally literate and it is hoped that they will be able to use and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology, at a level suitable for the future and as active participants in a digital world.