Computing is taught directly as a discreet subject, but is utilised in all other lessons to develop confidence, gain skills and maximise learning potential. During computing lessons the children develop their computing skills through fun, interesting topics, which bring IT and learning to life. They expand their knowledge and understanding of the world in which they live, by using IT in a variety of ways including text, symbols, sound, graphics, photographs, music and coding/programming. Each year group also experience IT at some point within the year from specialist IT teachers. They work alongside teachers to incorporate the computing programme of study, with topics being taught in class.
With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace and able to participate effectively in this digital world. We aim to create responsible competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
Children have regular access to a range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This encourages children to become digital literate. After schools clubs and lunch clubs also provide children further time to learn and improve their skills and computational thinking.
Online safety is taken extremely seriously. We have an online safety policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the Internet safely. Parents are kept up-to-date with the latest guidence on using the internet at home through our website. Lessons and assemblies throughout the year also reinforce how to stay safe when using technology in school and at home.