We aim to prepare our children for a rapidly changing world through the use of technology at Carlton. Our high-quality computing curriculum is designed to enable them to use computational thinking and creativity to further understand our world. Our curriculum design has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. At the core of our computing curriculum is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, we intend for our children to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. We aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Our Computing curriculum is designed using PurpleMash. It is comprised of three aspects: Digital Literacy, Computational Thinking and IT in the World. Computing skills are taught both discretely and cross-curricularly, supporting other areas of learning across the school. In Reception and Key Stage 1, children are taught to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully, to communicate and handle information and to support their problem solving, recording and expressive skills. In Key Stage 2, our children extend their use of computing that they use for communication, investigation and programming and work to understand how to communicate safely. Our planned curriculum for digital literacy that includes online safety is broad in covering a range of issues including understanding current issues such as ‘fake news’ and ‘body image’.
Computing has a high profile at our school. Our children are confident using a wide range of hardware and software, and are diligent learners who value online safety and respect when communicating with one another. Our 'Digital Leaders' are prominent and proficient. These children are responsible for supporting staff and children in delivering excellent Computing sessions.
If you were to walk into Computing lessons at Carlton, you would see:
∙ Proficient users of technology who are able to work both independently and collaboratively.
∙ Computing hardware and software being utilised to enhance the learning outcomes of our children, across the curriculum.
∙ Clear progression in technical skills.
∙ An enthusiasm for learning as children engage in programming, instruct floor robots, prepare online safety presentations and design body confidence video campaigns.
∙ Confident and supportive Digital Leaders who are able to assist children and staff in delivering high quality Computing sessions.
Stay Safe Online
Year 5 & 6 have worked hard to create helpful posters to showcase how we stay safe in school and online.
Safer Internet Day 2023
from the children at Carlton. We have taken part in competitions and activities to help us better our understanding of how to stay safe online.