“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.”
– National Curriculum
We believe computing is an integral part of modern day life. We prepare our children for the challenges ahead encouraging them to embrace technology and to have a life-long love of learning. Through teaching computing, we equip our children with the skills to participate in a world where work and leisure activities are increasingly transformed by technology.We teach our children to be responsible, confident users and creators of information and communication technologies.
How is this subject taught and why have we chosen this approach?
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology throughout the curriculum – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
With the introduction of the Computing Curriculum in 2014, an onus on programming means that computing is taught discretely in school.
Nursery have access to iPads. Each class in Foundation Stage 2 have weekly computing lessons that are linked to topic and based around the use of the Purple Mash software, control technology and simple use of ICTs. In Key Stage 1 & 2 children have 1 computing lesson per week. In addition to this, teachers use ICTs across the curriculum in a range of different ways which we are continuing to develop through Continuous Professional Development.
Do we have any significant additional resources for this subject?
Each band has access to a set of iPads for cross-curricular use and there is one set used specifically for the teaching of computing. In addition to this, both of our Inclusion Bases have access to a dedicated sets of iPads. From September, there will be 16 laptops for use in computing and cross curricular lessons. Each classroom has an interactive whiteboard with most classes using BENQ interactive displays. We have sets of Micro:Bits, Beebots, BlueBots, GoPros, Redfern Electronics Crumble controllers and a Sphero. Software in school includes use of Showbie, Purple Mash, Bug Club, Busy Things, Spelling Shed, Interactive Distance Learning (IDL), Charanga, ¡Hola! Español and Times Table Rockstars. Our use of software is ever changing and we spend a significant amount of time keeping up with this fast moving subject.
Visits and trips to engage and enhance pupil experiences :
Apple Store Visit (Digital Leaders)
SAM Labs Visit (Digital Leaders)
Curriculum overviews/plans for each band
Long term plan to change from Sept 2019 due to use of laptops – update to follow.
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