CurriculumComputing at Northfield Manor Primary Academy
At NMPA we understand the important role that computing plays in education today. We aim to ensure that children are technologically competent and that they are supported and challenged.
Computing is taught through our Challenge Curriculum where relevant and explicitly in computer science units. Pupils are taught the many uses of ICT, whether it is word processing, multimedia, presentation, coding, programming, website creation, design work as well as email and internet use.
The current resources available include class sets of ipads and laptops which are used regularly to support learning in most computing lessons and learning challenge lessons. All year groups also have access to a digital camera. Our VAT 2022 Digital Strategy will see our classrooms transformed into Apple Ready Classrooms (ARCs) and equip each child with access to an iPad; this strategy will transform the way we teach computing and contribute to the development of other areas of the curriculum.
Northfield Manor also has a successful, popular and valued Code Club. The club allows children to explore the depth and breadth of their talents and acts as a home for them to direct their passion and talents for coding and programming.
Through our computing curriculum we aim to ensure that pupils become digitally literate so that they can use technology safely and respectfully. This includes keeping personal information private and knowing where to go for help and support when they have concerns about inappropriate content or contact through the internet.
During the autumn term we focus very explicitly on Online Safety, and this covers how to keep safe when using the internet and what a pupil must do if they see material they know is inappropriate or that they are uncomfortable with. In addition, children receive regular updates and reminders throughout the year and wealso take part in the national Safer Internet Day each February.
All pupils must sign our On-line Code of Conduct before using the internet in school.
Please see our section on On-line safety under our Parents section for more information.