Computing

The school has a well-equipped computer suite, where all children are taught computational thinking, programming, communication and collaboration, e-safety, technology and multimedia skills. These include word processing and presentation, use of the internet for research, spreadsheets, database, and the use of art, design and video software. These skills are then used to enhance and extend teaching and learning in all subjects.

The school meets the requirements of the National Curriculum for computing, which aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
  • can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
  • can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
  • are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.

We have divided the curriculum into three core areas:

Computer Science (CS)

  • design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals, including controlling or simulating physical systems; solve problems by decomposing them into smaller parts
  • use sequence, selection, and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
  • use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work and to detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs
  • understand computer networks including the internet; how they can provide multiple services, such as the World Wide Web
  • appreciate how [search] results are selected and ranked.

Information Technology (IT)

  • use search technologies effectively
  • select, use and combine a variety of software (including internet services) on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs, systems and content that accomplish given goals, including collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information. 

Digital Literacy (DL)

  • understand the opportunities [network] offer for communication and collaboration
  • be discerning in evaluating digital content
  • use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly; recognise acceptable/unacceptable behaviour; identify a range of ways to report concerns about content and contact.

The school has an e-safety policy in place that details how the principles of e-safety will be promoted and monitored. These principles are consistently modelled and shared so that the children learn how to use computing technology and the internet safely.