Our aim at Manor Farm Junior School is to provide children with a high-quality computing education that prepares them as active participants in a rapidly changing digital world as well as to prepare them for the future workplace. The curriculum is designed to enable children to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. We want children to become competent and confident users of computing technologies and embrace this in a socially responsible and safe manner.
Through our computing curriculum, children will develop their creativity, resilience, problem solving and critical thinking skills. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum, forming particularly deep links to maths, science and design and technology. At Manor Farm Junior School, children will gain key knowledge and skills in the three main areas of the computing curriculum: computer science (programming and understanding how digital systems work), information technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information) and digital literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully). The objectives within each strand support the development of learning across the key stages, ensuring progression and depth.
At Manor Farm Junior School, computing is taught in discrete computing lessons using our own, carefully developed curriculum taught through ipads and Chromebooks. We have Chromebooks and ipads available in each classroom to enable computing skills to be taught in discrete lessons and, where appropriate, meaningful links are made to the wider curriculum. Children will develop their knowledge and understanding of the three computing strands (computer science, information technology and digital literacy) using tools on J2E, Scratch and a range of programs on Google.
Children at Manor farm work through a number of different progressions linked to different elements of the curriculum, broadly linked to Coding, Computer Aided Design, Internet, Email, Presentation skills and Multimedia. The pupils, dependent upon their age, will approach these targets using a range of software across both Windows and IOS platforms.
Manor Farm Junior School’s E-Safety policy provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. All year groups participate in annual online safety units and children understand how to stay safe when using technology.