At Mossley CE Primary School, we believe that computing is an integral part of preparing children to live in a world where technology is continuously and rapidly evolving, including being thankful for the technology we have at Mossley. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology; and is used as part of our creative curriculum throughout all subjects to encourage the children to work creatively. Computing also ensures that pupils increase their knowledge and develop their skills to 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. We encourage the children to become resilient when using computers and continuously strive to improve their skills.
We are lucky to have a computing suite with 30 computers and an iPad trolley containing 30 iPads to allow all children in each class access to up to date technology. We use our iPads to help support the teaching of basic computer programming and coding as well as supporting our research skills.
These devices allow the pupils to work in a cross-curricular manner to develop their skills and are used on a daily basis throughout the school. The EYFS have their own set of iPads and these are incorporated into every day learning in the Early Years curriculum.
All children from EYFS through to Year 6 follow a scheme of work created by the Computing leads that is supported by SLT and governors and is in line with the national curriculum and is relevant to the world in which they live. We have also liaised with our main feeder school, Eaton Bank Academy, to ensure that our children are ‘computing ready’ when they transition to high school whilst giving Key Stage 2 children the opportunity to attend various computing activities at the high school.
We consciously ensure that both children and parents are up to date with E-Safety. E-Safety is fed into all computing lessons. As a result, the children have produced many displays around the school demonstrating how they can stay safe online and they can confidently discuss this both inside and outside of school.
If you would like further information about the computing curriculum at Mossley, please feel free to speak with your child’s class teacher or call the school office on 01260 272451