Our intent is to educate the children about how technology can enrich their learning and their daily lives. The children will be aware of what makes a good digital citizen and be able to critically analyse information and communication to determine what can be trusted, treated with caution or reported (for example in the case of online grooming). The children will be able to confidently utilise technology to create and present cross-curricular digital content as well as develop computer science skills such as coding, which will link to their future view of the world.
All staff will work to a framework (Purple Mash) which determines the key skills that are required across each year group. The children’s knowledge and skills will develop year on year as the delivery of the curriculum becomes embedded and therefore the scope and scale of the projects delivered will also increase in complexity as they progress through the school. Children will be given a variety of opportunities to use technology across a range of subjects to create their own projects linked to the context of the school – for example using technology for creating content for fundraising for the farm or raising awareness of environmental issues (Palm Oil in Year 4). Technology will be used as an enabler to deliver core curriculum content in an engaging and meaningful way (TT Rockstars/Spelling Shed).
Children from Edwalton will be critical thinkers when it comes to digital content and be able to evaluate benefits and risks associated with online behaviour. They will be aware that the online and offline world are integrated and therefore their behaviour online needs to have the same checks in place as if they were offline (e.g. stranger danger). Children will be developing computing science skills that are at a minimum in line with expectations of the National Curriculum and in many cases exceeding what is expected for their age group. As importantly children will find computing a fun and engaging subject that they want to explore independently.