The aim at Hamstead Infant School is to provide children with an ambitious, coherent curriculum allowing children to develop their confidence and independence regardless of their background, ability and additional needs. We provide a broad and engaging curriculum based on the Development Matters Framework and National Curriculum allowing children to extend their knowledge and understanding of computer science, information technology and online safety in order to become independent and responsible participants in an ever changing digital world.
Our Curriculum Drivers are used to personalise the curriculum to meet the needs of the children within the school with the aim to provide challenge for all:
Language- Children to be able to accurately use a range of computing vocabulary to support their understanding. Children are encouraged to use technical terms and vocabulary, linked to Information Communication Technology. Children can talk about their learning and discuss how to solve problems.
Independence- Children will take part in informative and engaging computing lessons, where they learn new skills and then have the opportunity to apply them creatively and enhance their learning across different subjects.
Outdoor- Children will be given opportunities to use portable digital technologies to explore or record outdoor activities, where appropriate. Children are also taught the importance of spending time away from technological devices and reconnecting with nature.
Computing is taught following the Twinkl Computing scheme of learning through a structure of sequenced of lessons.
Computing is taught discreetly via weekly lessons within KS1. However, children are also given opportunities to apply and consolidate their skills within other subject areas.
Within the EYFS children are given the opportunity to use technology to solve problems and produce creative outcomes. Unplugged technologies are also available for children to explore as part of continuous provision.
Children’s skills are developed and built upon throughout their school journey to allow them to gain a deeper knowledge and confidently use the skills they have learnt. Misconceptions are explored and used to adapt children’s learning.
Teachers model the correct use of vocabulary when using ICT.
Online Safety is taught using Project Evolve which follows UK Council for Internet Safety's (UKCIS) framework “Education for a Connected World”.
Online Safety is addressed through PSHE/PSED in KS1 and the EYFS as well as during Safer Internet Day each year.
In KS1 online safety objectives are addressed via a starter during each computing lesson.
This enables our pupils to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information technology.
The implementation of this curriculum ensures that children become competent and safe users of ICT with a good understanding of how technology works.
Our ambitious and engaging curriculum provides children with a love of learning so they ‘Know more, Remember more’.
They will have developed skills to express themselves and be creative in using digital media and be equipped to apply the computing skills they have acquired to deal with different challenges.
Children will have a good knowledge of how to use the internet safely and responsibly, understanding both the benefits and risks of using the internet and who they can go to for help.