‘We need technology in every classroom and in every student and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time, and it is the lens through which we experience much of our world.’
David Warlick – Education Technologist
We are programmers. We are coders. We are designers.
Computing is concerned with how computers and computer systems work, and how they are designed and programmed. Our pupils will gain an understanding of computational systems of all kinds, whether or not they include computers. Computational thinking provides insight to many areas of the curriculum, and influences work at the cutting edge of a wide range of disciplines.
This aligns with the S and W of our curriculum intentions (see Curriculum page).
Computing knowledge and understanding are developed specifically through:
coding (learning to write, interpret and debug computer programs, using logic);
managing and using digital content effectively;
using search technology effectively;
selecting, using and combining a variety of software on a range of digital devices;
collecting, analysing, evaluating and presenting data and information;
using technology safely, respectfully and responsibly.
Computing skills are developed specifically through:
E-safety knowledge and the ability to make safe choices;
Basic use of equipment and storage/retrieval of work;
Understanding that a computer is not clever, and that it responds to a series of commands and questions set by and controlled by the user;
Use of software to present information in a variety of ways.
ensuring that we equip our pupils to use technology in a safe and respectful manner. The SMART Rules (safe, meeting, accepting, reliable, tell) form an integral part of our e-Safety approach. These are known to pupils, prominently displayed throughout the school and shared with parents/carers via our school website. All pupils are taught about the internet and how they should keep safe online. Aspects include knowing how to use the internet safely, understanding how to keep personal data private and being respectful to each other when online. As part of our safeguarding curriculum, pupils learn what they should do if they come across something about which they are uncomfortable.