At St. James’ Lanehead C of E Primary School, we seek to inspire each individual to flourish, grow and learn. Our curriculum follows the formal requirements of the National Curriculum, but also offers an exciting range of opportunities to enrich the experience. Technology is an integral part of everyday life and we aim to equip our pupils with the knowledge and skills to participate confidently and safely in an increasingly digital world.
Our aim is to teach children to grow into responsible role models who can make informed and positive choices online. We believe that technology can provide: enhanced collaborative learning opportunities; better engagement of pupils; easier access to rich content; support understanding of new concepts and can support the needs of all our pupils. Technology plays a vital role in our whole school curriculum, therefore, children are introduced to a range of technology, including laptops, iPads, interactive whiteboards and virtual learning environments, allowing them to continually practise and improve the skills they learn. As well as the benefits of technology, we are also aware of the risks. This is why we aim to prepare our children to stay safe online through continual online safety reminders, updates, teaching units and the annual participation in Safer Internet Day. Children learn how to protect themselves and make decisions in difficult situations through relevant and age-appropriate resources.
We also aim to:
- 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.
- Support children to achieve their best using strategies to know and remember more.
- Offer access to a variety of high–quality hardware, software and unplugged resources.
- Instil 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.
- Provide opportunities to attend extra-curricular Computing and STEM clubs.
- Offer opportunities to join the Digital Leader programme.
Our mission is to enable children to become active participants in our evolving digital world and prepare them for further education and future careers.
At St. James’ Lanehead, Computing is taught through discrete Purple Mash units from Reception to Year 6. The Purple Mash scheme of work supports teachers to deliver fun and engaging lessons which help to raise standards and allow all pupils to achieve their full potential. It provides flexibility and opportunities for cross-curricular links throughout the school year. To help ensure pupils have the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, experiences and competencies with technology, the curriculum has been broken down into three key areas:
- Information Technology (e.g. Images, Videos, Animation, Data Handling, Spreadsheets, Databases, Internet Searching)
- Digital Literacy (e.g. Online Safety, Networks)
- Computer Science (e.g. Programming, Coding, Emailing, Blogs, Hardware)
- The National Online Safety scheme of work has also been incorporated into our curriculum to ensure Online Safety is central to all learning.
Safer Internet Day 2023:
This year’s Safer Internet Day 2023 was a celebration of its 20th year and centred on the theme of ‘Want to talk about it?’ with the aim being to make space for conversations about life online. In school, we looked at and discussed how we use the internet and the issues that matter, as well as any changes they want to see. Each class spent time on this topic and there are some examples of the learning completed below.