Computing is an important teaching and learning area of the curriculum. Computing is taught to equip children with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding they will need for the rest of their lives. Whilst it is taught weekly across all key stages in discrete lessons, it is also used creatively in other areas of the curriculum to both consolidate and stretch the children’s understanding of digital literacy. Learning encompasses five strands of computing:
- CREATE: The children learn to select and use a range of digital applications to create, organise, manipulate, store, retrieve, review and present varied digital content, e.g. word-based, still and moving images, sound, animation.
- DIGITAL RESEARCH: Learning to use digital research tools effectively and responsibly, and evaluating the resulting data.
- INFORMATION: Collecting, organising, evaluating and analysing data to present it as information using a range of tools including databases, spreadsheets and any form of graph, chart, diagram, table or list.
- DIGITAL COMMUNICATION: Children develop an understanding of the networks and systems used for digital communication and use a range of tools safely and appropriately for communication and collaboration both within and beyond school.
- eWORLDS: Children will learn to develop an understanding of programming in the context of automated devices, as well as that of simulations and games. They will relate this to the creation of algorithms and their use as computer programs, applying reasoning and precision to break problems into smaller parts so that they can be resolved.
Underpinning all of these aspects of Computing is the children learning to be safe, effective and respectful users of technology, recognising both acceptable and unacceptable behaviour, and knowing how to respond if they have concerns.
The school is very well resourced with computing resources. We have 32 chromebooks for pupil use and 16 ipads. Equipment is used discretely during computing lessons but is regularly used as a teaching and learning tool across all other subjects.