Dane Royd Computer Scientists
Innovate, Investigate, Inform
As Computer Scientists, we want our children to acquire a wide range of computing skills and strategies to enable them to become skilled informational technologists, computer scientists and digital literacy experts. We have a carefully prepared, broad and balanced computing curriculum that allows children to investigate and understand a wide range of computing skills that will prepare them for wider, later life. We embed and teach these skills through a wide range of exciting projects which focus on engaging, real-life application activities such as game design, augmented reality, animations and webpage building. From Magical Storytelling to Puzzling times, the Zoo to Its My Business, children will be hooked in to a variety of projects which will develop not only their skillset, but their imagination, and leave them with a love for technology.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we want children to understand the wider impact and purpose of a wide range of technologies and how computers can impact the world we live in by exploring the many everyday purposes we use technology for. Our main aim is to embed in pupils an engagement and enthusiasm for computer science and its links with the wider world and other areas.
Computing enables pupils to develop computational thinking, creativity and logical reasoning in order to learn about systems around them that they may come face to face with in life. As well as equipping pupils with the principles of information technology that they will need, Computing through a deep, rich curriculum allows them to apply their learning to a variety of contexts and contents. It also ensures that children eventually develop a digital literacy over their computer science so that they can put forward their ideas in a technological manner that is also appropriate for the future digital world they will live in.
The key principles of internet safety are deeply woven into our curriculum. Children recognise and respond to cyberbullying, understand the importance of creating strong passwords and how to use privacy settings. As consumers of digital content they are beginning to discern facts from misinformation and determine trustworthy sources. Within the safety of the classroom they are beginning to produce a wide variety of media such as tweets, podcasts, videos, emails and blogs.
Through a thoroughly and carefully planned skill progressive curriculum, teachers are able to teach inspiring projects from the Mr Andrew’s Online Scheme that hook, enthuse and stimulate children’s minds preparing them for learning. There is a two year rolling programme in which children’s skills and knowledge are embedded and developed during their time at Dane Royd.
Two Year Computing Curriculum Plan
Cycle 1: (2019-2020)
Two Year Computing Curriculum Plan
Cycle 2: (2020-2021)
Our belief is that challenging, creative and dynamic computing lessons will take children on a journey of discovery into many uses of technology, computer science and digital literacy that they may not have experienced before, enabling them to think as computer scientists. The breadth and range of project drivers will mean that children become skilled individuals who are ready to apply their knowledge to real-life scenarios.
We also aim to extend beyond the projects they learn by using a range of invaluable resources such as VR headsets, robots and even augmented reality.
In addition to this, throughout the school year the children take part in high profile national e-safety events such as Stop Cyberbullying Day and Safer Internet Day. The e-safety lead also delivers an extra-curricular Coding Club from Upper Foundation right through to Key Stage 2 ensuring the children demonstrate best practice in relation to their online safety both as consumers and producers of digital content.
At Dane Royd Junior and Infant School, we are very much giving the children the building blocks that they need in order to become part of a continuously expanding digital world where they can be active members, shaping the future.
Children will leave Dane Royd as skilled, well-equipped and confident computer scientists, information technologists and digital literacy experts who can use technology and computers for a wide range of purposes, preparing them for both later education and later adult life.
In today’s digital world, nearly every career will require digital communication at some point, so equipping our pupils with the skills to effectively and responsibly find, evaluate, communicate and share online content is fundamental to their future. According to Dell Technologies, 85% of jobs that will exist in 2030 have not been invented yet. As Nicholas Negroponte famously said “Computing is not about computers any more. It is about living.”