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Curriculum overview

Welcome to the Computing webpage for Joy Lane Primary School

We have a variety of technology which enables our pupils to participate in an exciting and engaging curriculum, as well as allowing teachers to model and embed the use of technology as a learning tool across all subjects - not just within the Computer Suite.

Pupils enjoy challenging themselves through the use of technology such as tablets, digital cameras, video cameras, voice recorders, data loggers and various other devices.

During lockdown, pupils rose to the challenge of Remote Learning using Teams; we shall develop their use of Microsoft Office 365 and improve their digital literacy through online learning in KS2.

There are three main strands of the Computing Curriculum: 

Information Technology (How computers and networks works)
This strand focuses on how computers and computer networks are used in the modern world.

Digital Literacy (Using computers to create content safely)
This strand focuses on using hardware and software efficiently. Our children will learn how to produce documents for a given audience, as well as how to stay safe online, being respectful and responsible.

Computer Science (Programming)
These Lessons introduce children to coding in many different formats, allowing them to build up skills as they learn to become computer programmers. It also helps them to develop resilience and promotes problem solving as they learn as ‘coders’. This structured approach and ‘can-do’ attitude supports all subjects for all abilities. 

Online safety is a regular feature of our curriculum and its delivery is adapted to the needs of the year group, ensuring that children feel confident when using computers and the Internet and know what to do if they come across something inappropriate which may make them feel uncomfortable. Teaching of online safety in the classroom is supplemented by information to parents in our weekly newsletters and via ClassDojo.

We aim to ensure that pupils’ skills progress at a level appropriate for their age and takes into account the relevance of computing and technology in our society so they can use a range of technology confidently, whilst expressing themselves and developing their ideas effectively at a level suitable for the future workplace and as an active participant in the digital world.