Through teaching computing at The Rissington School, we equip our children to participate in a rapidly changing world where technology is changing the lives of everyone. It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, share and present information. Our aim is that computing also supports children’s creativity and cross curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
Our Computing curriculum is comprised of three aspects: digital literacy, coding and E-safety. These strands are revisited repeatedly through a range of themes during children’s time in school to ensure the learning is embedded and skills are successfully developed. Computing skills are taught both discretely and cross-curricularly, supporting other areas of learning across the school.
In Early Years, children are given regular opportunities to understand how basic technology works. They are encouraged to explore technology independently and find ways to use it in their daily lives. In Key Stage 1, children are taught to use equipment and software confidently and purposefully, to communicate and handle information and to support their problem solving, recording and expressive skills. In Key Stage 2, our children extend their use of computing that they use for communication, investigation and programming and they work to understand how to communicate safely. Our planned curriculum includes online safety and builds progressively throughout the year groups covering a range of issues including understanding current issues such as ‘fake news’ and ‘body image’. Our use of DB Primary allows children to communicate in a safe environment that mirrors some aspects of social media.
We are unique at The Rissington School because we are a split-site school. While we embrace the differences this might bring, we also are clear that children at both sites belong to one school and receive the same computing provision and resources.