With an ever-evolving modern society, the ability to use computing effectively is an essential life skill for our pupils. As computing is continually developing and new technologies are emerging, we as a school will strive to give all pupils the skills needed to prepare them for the future.
The Computing Curriculum is embedded into all other subject areas and is used to enhance and compliment many different areas of learning. Children have access to ICT equipment throughout the whole school day and we encourage children to be independent and use their initiative to support their own leaning through the use of computing. We offer all pupils a huge variety of software and apps that allow for children to use their own creativity.
All children are given the opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in digital literacy (e-safety), computer science (coding) and IT (eg. word processing, presenting data).
We encourage the children to take responsibility for the equipment and look after it, and a huge part of our Curriculum is children understanding that E-Safety is an essential part of our modern society. We talk to the children and hold meetings for parents on how to protect themselves online and ensure that they are being a safe, vigilant, responsible user of the internet.
Through our computing curriculum, we aim to give our pupils the life-skills that will enable them to embrace and utilise new technology in a socially responsible and safe way in order to flourish. We want our pupils to be able to operate in the 21st century workplace and we want them to know the career opportunities that will be open to them if they study computing. We want children to become autonomous, independent users of computing technologies, gaining confidence and enjoyment from their activities. We want the use of technology to support learning across the entire curriculum and to ensure that our curriculum is accessible to every child. Not only do we want them to be digitally literate and competent end-users of technology but through our computer science lessons we want them to develop creativity, resilience and problem-solving and critical thinking skills. We want our pupils to have a breadth of experience to develop their understanding of themselves as individuals within their community but also as members of a wider global community and as responsible digital citizens.
Children will learn about the impact and changes in computing in the 21st century, researching such figures as Alan Turing, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates.
Email communication with industry
Children to be exposed to computing in industry with such things as robotics in factories
Use of coding via team work challenges and Makey Makeys
Children are happy learners within Computing. They experience a wide-ranging number of learning challenges in the art and know appropriate responses to them.
• Children of all abilities and backgrounds achieve well in Computing. Children talk enthusiastically about their learning in Computing and are eager to further their learning in the next stages of their education.
• Children are confident, resilient and actively engaged in the wider society.
• Fundamental British Values are evident in Computing and children understand how Computing can celebrate difference
• Through wider reading in Computing, children will understand the importance of computing in the world today and find out about key figures in the field of Computing. Through this exposure, children will produce work that is influenced by the best of the best.
• Children will understand what algorithms are and be able to create and sequence basic algorithms, understanding how they are implemented as programs on a digital; and that programs execute by following precise and clear instructions.
• Children will use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content and recognise common uses of computers in everyday life
• Children will be able to use technology safely and respectfully and know where to go for help and support. They will be able to use computer systems to find information
• Children will develop digital literacy by learning how to use a computer effectively. For example using applications to produce a poster. They will understand how to use basic office applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel etc. and how to use keyboards and a mouse to select and use applications.
Swiggle is a child-friendly search engine from the Online Safety experts at SWGfL.
Designed to make searching the internet for images or content more than just a bit hit and miss.
Swiggle can help you with your first steps on the road to better online searching.
Swiggle can be used on computers in school, and at home.