Our Computing Curriculum
In our daily lives technology can be found all around us and this will play an important role in our pupils' lives. Therefore, at Riddings Infant and Nursery School, our aim is to provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop the skills and knowledge that will enable them to use technology positively, responsibly and safely.
We seek to provide a curriculum in which pupils are able to broaden their knowledge and skills in relation to the different aspects of computing (online safety and digital literacy, computational thinking and information technology) so that they are able to use technology to support and enhance their learning across a variety of curriculum areas. We encourage staff to embed computing across the whole curriculum to make learning creative and accessible, supporting the developing independence of our pupils.
At Riddings Infant and Nursery our Computing Scheme of Work identifies how each of the three strands identified above (online safety and digital literacy, computational thinking and information technology) thread through our curriculum in the EYFS and Key Stage 1. Computing is taught through a combination of specific taught sessions aimed at introducing core skills and knowledge and ongoing opportunities to develop and embed these across a variety of curriculum areas. The scheme of work is supported by our Computing skills ladder which class teachers use to inform their planning in order to build on pupils' knowledge/skills year on year to deepen and challenge our learners.
We encourage our children to be active participants in the curriculum we deliver, seeking to enable them to think about both why and how we are learning new skills/ knowledge so that they can recognise the ways in which computing can support their learning as they move through our school and beyond.
We believe equipping our pupils with the skills to safely and responsible use technology is extremely important in enabling them to maintain a healthy relationship between education and technology. We encourage regular discussions between staff and pupils to best embed and understand this and our Safeguarding Squad play an important part in this.
The way pupils showcase, share and celebrate and their work will best show the impact of our curriculum. We also look for evidence through reviewing pupil’s knowledge and skills digitally through tools like Tapestry and Seesaw and observing learning regularly. Progress of our computing curriculum is demonstrated through these observations alongside ongoing discussions of both the skills and knowledge covered (using the skills ladders) and the outcomes achieved in this process.
Our Computing Scheme of Work and Skills ladders can be found below:
Safeguarding and wellbeing are at the centre of our school values and through our computing curriculum we seek to give our pupils the important knowledge and skills to enable them to use technology safely. We recognise the importance of applying this across everything we do and our STEM team work alongside the Safeguarding Squad and School Parliament to ensure that our pupils are able to engage safely with technology both in school (across the whole curriculum) and beyond.
More information about Online Safety including some useful tips and website links can be found by clicking on the link below:
Computing forms part of our STEM curriculum and an overview of our beliefs and values in relation to this can be found here: