At Cooper Perry we acknowledge the importance of technology is today’s society. Our curriculum enables pupils to understand and apply logic, algorithms and data representation; analyse problems; evaluate and apply information technology and communicate ideas well to ensure they become digitally literate and active, but safe participants of the digital world.
At Cooper Perry we recognise that technology is an essential part of our lives today and it is difficult to imagine life without it. At Cooper Perry we aim to equip our children to participate in this rapidly changing world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology. We aim to prepare our children to use technology in the future workplace and to participate in the digital world around them.
We aim for our children to be able to use technology effectively for research, collation, analysis, evaluation as well as sharing and exchanging information appropriately for purpose. For example, we aim for our children to understand how digital systems work and use this to design, write and debug their own programs.
At Cooper Perry, we want our children to use technology to solve problems and to present content in a variety of ways. We want them to create, organize, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content independently and confidently.
We aim for our children to be digitally literate. We want them to recognise common uses of information technology that is used in industries across the world and how these technologies are evolving. It is our intention that our children are responsible users of technology and can use the internet respectfully and safely.
Across the Computing curriculum we want our children to acquire and then secure knowledge and transferable skills that are progressively embedded from early years to KS2 and beyond.
At Cooper Perry we follow the National Curriculum programme of study which covers all three areas of Computing; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. We have carefully selected the National Centre for Computing Excellence scheme to enhance our Computing provision. Computing is planned, taught and assessed using this online scheme of work, resources and a bespoke assessment tool. These creative and exciting lessons are carefully timetabled so that each class has access to at least an hour a week using a bank of iPads and laptops to ensure pupil flexibility in using digital media. Whilst we use the units provided in this scheme of work, teachers have changed their medium term plan so that strong curriculum links can be made with subjects such as Mathematics, English, Art and Science.
Online safety lessons take place every half term following ‘Be Internet Legends’ and ‘Education for a Connected World’ guidance. Each half term covers a different aspect of staying safe online; developing online safety guidelines, social and emotional wellbeing and developing resilience, responsible internet use, keeping information safe, digital citizenship and playing games and having fun. These important aspects of online safety are every changing in this digital world therefore, any new risks to child welfare will result in extra lessons that inform, advise and educate our children linked closely with PSHE. National Safer Internet Day is celebrated each year.
We aim for our fun, engaging and challenging Computer lessons taught by confident, knowledge rich staff to equip our children to be proficient users of technology both now and throughout their lives. We want our children to be:
· Confident and competent users of technology
· Critical thinkers that can solve problems
· Responsible, respectful and safe users of data, information and communication technology
· Creative and imaginative using technology to present, record and share their work to a wider audience
· Aware of technological uses and developments in the wider world.