In a world where technology is constantly evolving, the pupils of Heyes Lane will embrace it rather than be intimidated by it. Using the Kapow curriculum, alongside computing across the curriculum, encompassing computer science, information technology and digital literacy, we wish for our pupils to become creators and computer scientists who live and breathe technology. Our vision is that computing at HLPS flips the switch of excitement, intrigue and ingenuity in our learners. Through regular training opportunities, our staff also share the same vision and, by encouraging our teachers to try and embed computing across the whole curriculum, this becomes a whole school journey to make learning more creative, exciting and accessible. If we can provide opportunities in school for our pupils, who may not have these experiences outside of school, to use different forms of hardware and software, we may just kick start a life-long passion and a career for the future.
It is our belief that the children first and foremost are taught how to use technology responsibly and safely; education is they key element in preventing the wide variety of issues we currently see with technology/social media. As educators, we need to face these issues head on and want our pupils to understand that there is always a choice with using technology. As a school, through our own social media uses, we model positive practice and showcase children’s learning throughout school.
We recognise that technology can allow pupils to share their learning in creative ways. In conjunction with our themes, we want our pupils to be fluent with a range of tools to best express their understanding – we are constantly looking at ways to present work in a more creative way. This is in the hope that by the end of Key Stage 2, the children of HLPS have been exposed to a range of hardware, software and, most importantly, they have been switched on by computing.