Our aims are to ensure that every child
· is able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and
communication technology at a level suitable for the future workplace
· understands how to live knowledgeably, responsibly and safely in a digital world
We believe every child has a right to privacy (Art. 16 UNICEF Charter) and to use and access information safely (Art. 17 UNICEF Charter). This is set out further in our E-Safety Policy.
At Chorlton Park we follow the Statutory framework for the early year’s foundation stage and the National Curriculum for Computing. In addition we follow the Education for a Connect World Framework and Teaching Online Safety in Schools, the non-statutory guidance from the Department for Education.
At Chorlton Park we believe that all children have a right to a good quality education (Art. 28 UNICEF Charter) andshould have an opportunity to access the curriculum of their year group so they can use technology safely and effectively. We adapt our curriculum and pedagogy to meet the needs of all of our children, particularly those of children with SEND. We strive to deliver an inclusive Computing curriculum, adapting lessons where necessary so all children can access the material and be confident in applying their skills.
Children have weekly IT and Computing lessons, using various applications, devices and online resources. Lessons are delivered by class teachers and 2 specialist staff.
In Early Years, ICT is incorporated into the continuous provision areas with children having access to programmable toys, computer programs and a range of everyday equipment such as cameras and phones for role play. Children also visit the ICT suite once a week to work on their mouse control skills and learn how to navigate through age appropriate computer programs and iPad apps.
In Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2 our curriculum is organised through half-termly medium-term plans which provide opportunities for children to learn new concepts and skills, apply those as well as build on content learnt in preceding years.
Aspects of computer science, information technology and digital literacy are applied within our broader curriculum. Each year group plans and delivers a yearly ICT project linked to one of their Big Ideas.