“Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”
Technology is an integral part of everyday life. At Charlton Primary School, we prepare our children for a future in an environment which is shaped by technology. We aim to develop confident, independent learners who plan, design, create, program and evaluate information through the use of computing. As well as the benefits of computing we are also aware of the risks, therefore we prepare our children to stay safe online through a robust Online Safety Curriculum, as well as promoting online safety through the annual Safer Internet Day.
We recognise that children are living within an increasingly technological world and aim to develop confidence and knowledge in this area. Computing skills are taught and practised within discrete lessons so that they can be applied across the curriculum to enhance other subjects. We have a progressive e-literacy curriculum that ensures that the children understand how to best use technology safely and critically. As children leave primary school, we aim for children to transfer this knowledge and have the confidence to implement these skills in everyday situations.
Every class has access to a range of IT equipment including Chromebooks, laptops and iPads. We encourage staff to incorporate technology throughout the wider curriculum and use these skills to research and present learning in a variety of ways. Skills are covered through a rolling programme of ‘Learning Journeys’ to ensure that children are taught the appropriate skills to support their development. Pupils use a range of technology to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination. They learn how to employ computing to enable rapid access to ideas, information and experiences from a range of sources, people, communities and cultures. Increased capability in the use of computing promotes initiative and independent learning, with pupils being able to make informed judgements about when and where to use computing to best effect, and to consider its implications for home and work both now and in the future.
Ms Cat Boaz - Computing Lead