2017/18 Vision and Implementation
You have the right to find out things and share what you think with others, by talking, drawing, writing or in any other way unless it harms or offends other people. Article 13, UNCRC.
At Manor Field, we believe that Digital Learning is vital for children to be able to access the modern world. We understand that children need to be equipped with a wide range of skills to enable them to be successful using technology that may not even be invented yet. As well as practical skills, children must also be trained in digital safety to ensure they make responsible decisions to keep themselves and others safe online.
“Digital learning is important for the future because there will be lots of careers that need people who can work with technology.” Bleu, Year 6.
We believe children learn best through purposeful and real life contexts; therefore, digital learning is taught weekly with meaningful links to the current project. Across each year, a balance of digital literacy and computer science is taught to ensure children are equipped with a range of skills. Within these units, communication and safety are also covered. Our curriculum recognises, that as well as gaining practical skills, children need to learn how to be responsible and principled digital users. Children are taught the vocabulary needed to discuss and explain their computational thinking, and technical language is consistently modelled by teaching staff.
“I like programming because we have to solve problems and make sure our codes are correct.” Logan, Year 5.
Digital learning lessons are structured so that children have time to experiment with new technologies, exploring similarities and differences between applications. Children are encouraged to be resilient and apply their previous knowledge to solve problems. As a school, we are aware that there are some pupils whose lack of technological experiences at home can cause them to be digitally vulnerable, particularly in our society where there is much emphasis on technology for social reasons, education and in general day-to-day efficiency. These pupils are identified through pupil and parent questionnaires, and are then able to be better supported.
As digital technology is constantly changing and evolving, we aim for learners to:
· Know the value of digital technology in an ever changing world;
· Be digitally literate and able to select and use digital technology successfully;
· Be confident to use unfamiliar technologies, identifying the links between these technologies and familiar ones.
“I like programming with Scratch because you don’t just play a game you actually design it and make things happen.” Jaina, Year 6.