At Radford Semele, computing is taught across the school so that children can became safe online users with high levels of digital literacy, as well as applying computational thinking. In our computing lessons, we use a range of technology and software from word processing skills to coding so that children can develop a high level of understanding. Units are built upon each year, to enable children to apply skills from previous years and develop these further.

Our pupils start understanding the basics of how to use technology such as iPads and laptops, as well as working with programmable toys to recognise algorithms. Over the course of their time at Radford Semele C of E Primary School, they develop an understanding of frequently used software such as spreadsheets and presentations, alongside using coding to create their own animations and games. Our computing curriculum is also often linked to our theme curriculum or to other areas, providing practical applications for the children and demonstrating its uses.

Online safety is a hugely important part of our curriculum, as well as ensuring that children are digitally literate. Throughout the school year, children are taught about how to stay safe online and who they can speak to if they feel unsafe, as well as issues surrounding cyberbullying. They are also taught key parts of the online landscape, such as how to use search engines effectively and how to identify edited images or websites that are not factual. Children develop their understanding of these areas in an age-appropriate way, following eight strands that build through the school.

Computing overview

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Radford Semele C of E Primary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. We expect all staff, volunteers and parents to share this commitment.