Computing & E-Safety Curriculum
At All Saints, we believe a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world in which they are already digital citizens and to be able to do so safely. Computing is a significant part of everyone’s daily life in the 21st-century and we believe that children should be at the forefront of new technology as it is with this technology that they will live their lives and communicate. As computing has links to a variety of other subjects such as mathematics, science and design and technology, we believe that, as an essential part of the curriculum, computing must not stand alone as a discrete subject but should be an integral part of all learning. We recognise that pupils 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. We also value the importance of responding to new developments in technology, and aim to equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use IT and computing throughout their lives as 21st-century citizens. We strive to provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for all pupils, as well as using it as a tool to enhance learning throughout the wider curriculum.
Computing has a number of key components, each of which we aim to teach and fully instil the value of amongst our pupils. These can be categorised as:
Computer science: Pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming
Information technology: Pupils are equipped to create programs, systems and a range of content in order to develop products and solutions.
Digital literacy: Pupils are taught to use, access and express oneself through digital technology, including a critical understanding of technology’s impact on the individual and society, at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We firmly believe in the importance of delivering a high quality e-safety curriculum alongside the core values of computer science, information technology and digital literacy. As technology develops, so does the need for a better understanding of how to use it in a safe and responsible manner. The education of pupils in e-safety is therefore essential to ensure children are equipped with the skills to recognise risks online, to be critically aware of the materials and content they access online, along with guidance on how to accurately validate information accessed via the internet.
Pupils participate in regular Computing and E-Safety lessons in order to achieve the intent of the Computing and E-Safety curriculum at All Saints. In addition to stand alone lessons, these elements are regularly incorporated into other subjects, given the cross-curricular nature of computing and the opportunities to expand and develop lessons that its inclusion provides. The delivery of Computing and E-Safety is planned in line with the National Curriculum and allows for clear progression, with lessons designed to enable pupils to achieve the subject objectives. When teaching Computing and E-Safety as discreet lessons, staff are able to use resources and schemes of work designed to achieve the stated objectives within the Computing and E-Safety Curriculum. A whole-school curriculum plan has been developed by the Computing Subject Leader, which includes complete lesson sequences and extensive details on how to achieve and build on each objective within each unit. Resources and useful schemes of work, including ‘Think U Know’, ‘Be Internet Legends’, ‘Hamilton Trust’, ‘Twinkl’, ‘Teach Computing’, 'Oak National Academy' and 'STEM Learning' have been collated and organised in order to achieve this.
We recognise the need to continually maintain, update and develop its resources and to make progress towards a consistent, compatible system by investing in resources that will effectively deliver the strands of the national curriculum and support the use of Computing across the school. This includes:
The impact of Computing and E-Safety at All Saints can be determined using teacher assessment-led data and the incidence of safeguarding issues linked to e-safety. On a termly basis each Class Teacher logs assessment data collated in accordance with each year group’s key objectives. Pupils are assessed on their knowledge, use of technical vocabulary and development of skills. Class Teachers will assess if pupils are working below expected, at the expected level or at greater depth against the Computing National Curriculum objectives.
Given the implementation of the Computing and E-Safety curriculum, our children will be digitally literate and equipped to use technology effectively and safely. Children will understand the consequences of using the internet and also be knowledgeable on how to keep themselves safe online. The delivery of the Computing & E-Safety curriculum is monitored by the Computing Subject Leader, who reports appropriately to Senior Leaders and Governors.
Our computing and online safety policies can be found here:
Please use this form to contact Miss Thandi, the Computing Subject Leader.