At Higher Lane we develop skills and knowledge to allow children to use computational thinking and creativity through an ambitious and relevant programme of computing, therefore enabling them to thrive in an increasingly digital society and to keep themselves safe in their online interactions. Whilst ensuring they understand the positives and negatives associated with online experiences, we expect children to be respectful, responsible and confident users of technology. Our curriculum covers many aspects of the PSHE National Curriculum in relation to managing online behaviour, relationships, and internet safety.
Pupils learn the value of a multidisciplinary approach as they develop their logic and creativity through tasks that require them to draw on their mathematical, scientific and design and technology skills. Our aim is to provide a computing curriculum that is designed to balance acquiring a broad and deep knowledge alongside opportunities to apply skills in various digital contexts. Beyond teaching computing discreetly, we will give pupils the opportunity to apply and develop what they have learnt across wider learning in the curriculum.
Our Computing curriculum is delivered by Technola and incorporates coding, robotics, computer hardware and research projects to stimulate and challenge pupils. The Computing Curriculum has two strands: Computer Science and Information Technology and Digital Literacy, and children develop their knowledge and skills in these areas, including programming languages, controlling physical and simulated systems, debugging and internet safety.
Each child creates programs, systems and a range of content as evidence of their progress and attainment. Pupils work with a partner on iPads and learn how to navigate iOS, IT skills, and how to save and organise work in a logical manner.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. Children have dedicated computing lessons and they are taught computing skills across other curriculum areas.
Enrichment opportunities are available through after school clubs where children are given expert tuition and have access to individual devices.
Our Computing curriculum enables children to become both users and creators. Across the school, children understand algorithms and programming and how this all fits into our digital world. They value the importance of being a safe, respectful and responsible user of technology, recognising both acceptable and unacceptable online behaviour and identifying a range of ways to report concerns about content or contact. Our children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.