Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘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. In computing we aim for children to be introduced to how computers and computer systems work, allowing them the opportunity to design and build simple programs.
They will use technology purposefully to create and store digital content and will be taught how to work safely and respectfully.
Classrooms are equipped with internet linked computers, an interactive whiteboard and digital cameras. A suite of laptops and Learnpads are also used in the classrooms.
In Computing children are entitled to:
- Learn computing skills to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information responsibly, creatively and with discrimination
- Pupils will have hands on experience when working on their own, in pairs and in small groups
- Use Computing skills to support English, Maths and Science
- Find things out
- Exchange and share information
- Develop ideas and make things happen
- Review, modify and evaluate work
- Participate in the modern world
- Enable the pupils to gain access to ideas and experiences to support their learning throughout the curriculum.
The national curriculum for computing 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 a laptop trolley and a complete class set of Learn Pads. The children also have access to programmable robots, tape recorders, listening centres, cameras and Interactive Whiteboards. All classrooms have interactive whiteboards and digital cameras.
The National Curriculum for Computing in Years 1 and 2.
Children will be taught to:
- Understand what algorithms are; how they are implemented as programs on digital devices; and that programs execute by following precise and unambiguous instructions
- Create and debug simple programs
- Use logical reasoning to predict the behaviour of simple programs
- Use technology purposefully to create, organise, store, manipulate and retrieve digital content
- Recognise common uses of information technology beyond school
- Use technology safely and respectfully, keeping personal information private; identify where to go for help and support when they have concerns about material on the internet or other online technologies
- Individual children should develop ICT capabilities through a range of curriculum activities.
Please click on the link below to view our overview for computing and e-safety.