A high-quality computing curriculum is an integral part of teaching and learning and it plays a significant role in the education of all children in our school. ICT underpins today's modern lifestyle and it is essential that all pupils gain the confidence and ability that they need in this subject, to prepare them for the challenge of a rapidly developing and changing technological world.
There are three main strands to the new Computing curriculum:
- Information technology: using computers for functional purposes such as collecting and presenting information or using search technology.
- Digital literacy: the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for collaboration or communication.
- Computer science: how computers and networks work, basic computer programming from simple floor robots to creating computer games.
We also have a comprehensive e-safety curriculum to ensure that our pupils feel confident when using computers and the Internet and know what to do if something happens to make them feel upset or uncomfortable.
Computing is taught directly as a discreet subject but is used in all other lessons to develop confidence, gain skills and maximise learning potential. We have a large teaching space for computing containing 25 machines which enables whole class teaching to take place outside of the classroom. Pupils also have access to a bank of laptops which can be used to support learning within the classroom. Also, all children in Key Stage 2 have their own iPad. We constantly strive and recognise the need for reviewing and updating our ICT hardware and software in order to keep up with new technological advances.