At Jewell, our Computing curriculum has a clear purpose: to prepare children to use technology responsibly whilst equipping them with skills to thrive in an ever-more technologically demanding society. We believe that children have the right to deep and engaging learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, ‘Computational Thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and positively influence the world while employing our Learning Skill of “resilience” to problem-solve. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
Jewell Academy sets out to prepare its pupils for the 21st century through developing their digital literacy. This will happen through:
- Understanding and applying the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
- Analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
- Use information technology analytically to solve problems;
- Communicate ideas well by using appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
At the core of our Computing policy is e-safety. Jewell Academy ensures that safety online runs through every aspect of the computing curriculum. Our e-safety policy provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely, both inside and outside of school. Each year group participates in lessons on e-safety (at least two units per year) so children understand how to stay safe when using technology.
Computing is taught across all year groups at Jewell Academy. Some lesson objectives are taught in blocks (such as Coding) and others are woven into your ATL approach to learning, where we link and use our Computing skills to help us create a brilliant final product. Computing also has an important role in teaching our children about internet safety, online bullying, self image and reputation as well as safeguarding awareness.
At Jewell Academy, pupils will be introduced to a wide range of technology linked to future employment possibilities. These include 3-D printers, Computer Aided Design, Virtual Reality, green screens, iPads, laptops, and programmable robots, allowing learners to continually practice and improve their skills as they explore the curriculum.