At Felsted Primary School, we aim to prepare our learners for their future by giving them the opportunities to gain knowledge and develop skills that will equip them for an ever-changing digital world. Each of our classrooms has their own bank of tablets (Reception and Year 1) or Chromebooks (Years 2 – 6).
Our Computing curriculum focuses on a progression of skills in digital literacy, computer science, information technology and online safety to ensure that children become competent in safely using, as well as understanding, technology. 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. Our intention is that Computing also supports children’s creativity and cross-curricular learning to engage children and enrich their experiences in school.
We provide a technology‐rich learning environment for children and teachers. All classrooms have an interactive whiteboard, a visualiser, a tablet and access to a wired and wireless network to support the use of our Chromebooks and iPads. Teachers and children have access to a wide range of software and hardware to enhance the curriculum.
Our computing curriculum is taught through Purple Mash and supported by various iPad apps, Google Classroom, as well as igniting curiosity with handheld devices, such as Beebots.
The skills children learn are taught independently in computing lessons and put into practice in other lessons so that they learn the skills and then use them in meaningful contexts.
In addition to classroom teaching, Felsted Primary holds an Internet Safety Week (to coincide with national Safer Internet Day) and we support children and parents in navigating the ever-changing world of technology through whole-school and class-specific visits from experts in the field. As challenges and concerns arise, these are communicated and supported via our weekly newsletter.