In today’s society, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. It is as equally essential for children to be able to grasp these technologies and utilise them for different purposes. Therefore, the Computing curriculum at Monkshouse Primary School focuses on ensuring children get the best out of these lessons through coding, understanding the basic use of ICT equipment and programs, engaging with computers outside of ICT lessons, and the use of ICT in all areas of the curriculum.
Children will have the opportunity to develop their understanding and use of the basic computer skills, knowledge and understanding needed to give them the best start towards becoming literate users of ICT. Throughout their learning in this curriculum, children will be gain a good understanding of the use of programmes and how they are built, moving from understanding, to practicing, to building their own basic programmes using programmes such as Scratch. Children will also have access to computing devices for a range of purposes, using iPads and PCs in both Maths and foundation subjects for a range of purposes. Within this, children will be able to use programmes from the Microsoft package to create documents and express themselves on a digital format.
Making sure children have the capacity to express themselves on a digital format is a big focus for staff at Monkshouse. This has been achieved through the integration of ICT into curriculum and Maths based lessons, allowing children to create digital pieces of work and use ICT for broader purposes, including research and more theoretical based mathematics.
At Monkshouse, we believe that being aware of how to keep E-Safe is an important life skill, particularly in a society based on the use of ICT. There is a strong emphasis at Monkshouse on the safe use of computing equipment and staying safe online. This is achieved through workshops and assemblies based on these fundamental skills. The key way this is being achieved is through the enablement of all children to know how to safeguard themselves whilst online. Ensuring all children have knowledge on what E-Safety is and how they can stay safe online is believed to be paramount whilst using ICT. This is also promoted throughout the school by some of our children who have been elected as E-Safety monitors, who are responsible for promoting proper use of ICT to all children.