At Cherry Orchard Primary Academy we believe that in this constantly evolving digital age, technology is progressively becoming a ubiquitous part of a learner’s life at school and beyond: for learning, working, innovating, creating, responding, problem-solving, problem-posing, socialising and playing. It is, therefore, critical that students’ awareness, use and appreciation of different kinds of information, skills and platforms should be developed both at school and at home. By the time they leave Cherry Orchard, our students will have gained key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the National Curriculum for computing:
- Computer science – Programming and understanding how digital systems work
- Information technology – Using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information
- Digital literacy – Evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully
The objectives within each strand support the progressive development of learning across all key stages, ensuring a solid grounding for future learning and beyond.
At Cherry Orchard, we implement the PYP of the IB curriculum. Through it’s transdisciplinary approach, we ensure cross curricular opportunities within computing and the National Curriculum to ensure contextual relevance. Children are encouraged to ask questions, problem solve and be curious about the digital world around them.
Additionally, encompassing the Relationships, Education, Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) and Health Education Curriculum 2020, students will learn how to stay safe online and the importance of understanding the impact of screen time on their own digital wellbeing.
COPA is committed to their pupils in developing the attributes of the IB Learner Profile, which in turn will enable them to become effective digital citizens.
The effective integration of computing within the PYP enhances the learner’s opportunity to connect globally and to explore different perspectives in order to understand evolving cultural and social norms. Computing should be about more than using hardware and software. Its purpose should be to develop a combination of transferable skills and understanding so that students can actively participate in a digitally connected world. Our Blended Learning Strategy details how students access their learning digitally when working in school or at home and how teachers facilitate this.
At Cherry Orchard, the implementation of the computing curriculum is woven into our PYP transdisciplinary approach, richly linking to engaging contexts in other subjects and topics, with more complex skills being discreetly taught where appropriate. Employing cross-curricular links motivates pupils and supports them to make connections and remember the steps they have been taught. For example, children in Key Stage 1 learn what algorithms are, which leads them to the design stage of programming in Key Stage 2, where they design, write and debug programs, explaining the thinking behind their algorithms.
To ensure our children are aware of how to use the internet and its many wonderful resources we have implemented the Be Internet Legends online safety scheme of work. This scheme is relevant to the children’s interests and also PSHE accredited.
Our approach to the computing curriculum results in a fun, engaging, and high-quality computing education. Our ‘I can’ statements developed for each year group allow students to take ownership of their learning and develop them into responsible digital citizens.
To make the most of the internet, children need to make smart decisions. The Be Internet Legends scheme of work for online safety and digital wellbeing empowers students to use the web safely and wisely, so they can be confident explorers of the online world.
Much of the subject-specific knowledge developed during their time at Cherry Orchard equips students with experiences which will benefit them in secondary school, further education and future workplaces. From research methods, use of presentation and creative tools and critical thinking, computing at Cherry Orchard gives students the solid foundation that enables them to pursue a wide range of interests and vocations in the next stage of their lives.