At Temple Normanton Junior Academy, we believe that children should develop their understanding and use of technology through practical and exploratory opportunities using deliberate practice to develop their understanding.
As children move through the school, they will develop an understanding of how technology and digital systems work whilst also developing their digital literacy, showing that they know how to use technology respectfully and safely. Children will develop a deeper understanding of computer science, knowing how to develop and create programs for a variety of purposes. The computing curriculum aims to develop children as computational thinkers to enable them to solve problems across the whole of the curriculum and life in general.
At Temple Normanton Junior Academy, we plan units of work that challenge and build on prior knowledge across all three areas of the computing curriculum. Our planning demonstrates a substantive and disciplinary approach to teaching. Children will develop fluency in using technology for a range of purposes. Staying safe online is integrated into all areas of the curriculum, as well as being taught specifically through our computing curriculum and RSHE.
Temple Normanton Junior Academy’s computing lessons focus on collaboration and creativity, encouraging children to work independently and with others to solve problems and develop the knowledge and skills required to be computational thinkers.
We encourage our children to enjoy and value the curriculum we deliver, asking for the reasons why behind their learning, as well as how. Our learners can discuss, reflect and appreciate that impact computing lessons have on their learning, development and well-being.
Finding the right balance with technology is key to an effective education and a healthy lifestyle. We feel the way we implement computing at Temple Normanton Junior Academy, helps children to realise the need for the right balance and one they can continue to build on in their next stage of education and beyond.
We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this. The way pupils showcase, share, celebrate and publish their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally, in books and observing learning regularly.