We meet the requirements of the National Curriculum and use Twinkl PlanIt as our commercial scheme. The PlanIt scheme has been chosen because it offers fun, practical activities and breaks the National Curriculum into small steps. We find the scheme to be clear, systematic and easy to teach so it is ideal for all members of staff to follow. We also feel that the PlanIt scheme offers flexibility as it is easily adaptable and can be taught alongside other curriculum subjects. One example of this would be using the skills taught in the Computer Art unit when designing a poster for PSHE.
E-Safety is extremely important and we teach the children the E-Safety rules at the beginning of every computing unit. We also take part in Safer Internet Day. All teachers use the Childnet.com ‘Smartie the Penguin’ discussion story as it is fun and engaging for our young children. The children really enjoy the easy-to-remember song and the interactive nature of the stories as they help Smartie to make the best decisions whilst on the Internet. Parents are kept up-to-date on E-Safety at Ashcroft with regular updates on our school Facebook page and an information stand at our Parents’ Evenings.
Our curriculum fits the needs of our children and they all enjoy computing as we seek to use it more to deepen learning across the wider curriculum.