At Gillibrand we are aware that technology surrounds us and will play a pivotal part in our pupils' lives. Therefore, we want to model and educate our pupils on how to use technology positively, responsibly, and safely. We want our pupils to be creators not just consumers and our Computing progression encompassing coding, information technology and digital literacy reflects this. We want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology and as a school we utilise technology, including social media and blogging, to model positive use by sharing positivity and kindness. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the opportunities technology can provide for our pupils. Our knowledge rich curriculum has to be balanced with the opportunity for pupils to apply their knowledge creatively which will in turn help our pupils become skilful computer users. We encourage staff to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of devices and be confident in using a range of tools to best express their understanding and hope by the time our children leave Gillibrand, they have the knowledge, independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil a task.
At Gillibrand computing is taught in discrete computing lessons and embedded across the rest of the curriculum to supplement and engage learning in other subjects. At Gillibrand we have a clear progression that incorporates the national curriculum that builds on previous skills and challenges to further learn and investigate whilst keeping safe online. In addition to the national curriculum, we have a basic skills progression in place that ensures that children are learning the life-long skills required to use ICT out of the classroom. Children have access to a range of devices, apps and programs in additional to hardware devices such as beebots, robotics and coding circuits. Children also access expert workshops either through local high schools or in school through bespoke workshops that teach skills through highly sophisticated technology not available in primary schools.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that, when children leave Gillibrand, they are competent and safe users of IT with an understanding of how technology works. They will have developed skills to express themselves and be equipped to apply their skills in computing to different challenges going forward. We encourage our pupils to enjoy and value technology and use it safely at all times. Children are able to evidence their learning in a class evidence books and Seesaw, and in regular discussions with staff are able to talk about their learning and share their knowledge.