At Galleywood Infant School we want our pupils to be masters of technology. Technology is everywhere and will play a pivotal part in our students' education and future careers. 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 rather than consumers and our broad curriculum encompassing computer science, 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 to model positive use. We recognise that the world of technology is constantly evolving and we therefore want to equip our children with the skills to adapt to these changes in a positive way. Building our knowledge in this subject will allow pupils to effectively demonstrate their learning through creative use of technology. We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. We also understand the accessibility 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 scientists. We encourage staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible. We want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding and our aim is that by the end of Key Stage 1, children have greater independence and confidence to choose the best tool to fulfil the task and challenge set by teachers.
The computing subject leader has created a comprehensive progression document for staff to plan for the delivery of computing knowledge and skills from EYFS through to Year 2. The computing subject leader supports the planning, implementation and assessment of computing through joint planning sessions. The knowledge and skills statements build year on year to deepen and challenge our learners and follows the Teach Computing Curriculum. Our Early Years children have a broad range of experiences and opportunities that prepare them for a technological future and supports the language and skills ready to access the National Curriculum. The educational programme Understanding the World sets out: ‘in addition, listening to a broad selection of stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems will foster their understanding of our culturally, socially, technologically and ecologically diverse world.’