We teach computing across multiple devices and platforms. Through a variety of software and programming, children develop computer skills that prepare them for their future.
The school is equipped with over 100 iPads (multiple class sets), and a Computing Suite with 31 desktop PC computers. Children use these resources daily to enhance their learning in all areas of the curriculum.
Each year, the computing curriculum enables our pupils to build skills such as accessing programs, storing files, typing, and multi-tasking on devices.
Some of the skills and types of programs children will experience as they move through the school include:
Early Years examples: Exposure to computer skills such as opening programs and using a mouse, logical thinking skills through remote control/programmable toys, taking photographs and sound recording.
Key Stage 1 examples: Coding programs, creating e-books, photo-editing, video and voice recording, web researching etc.
Key Stage 2 examples: Coding and debugging programs, programing apps, photo and video editing to produce short films, web researching, presentation and document creation, etc.
Through a varied and dynamic approach, children develop computational thinking skills to advance their understanding of technology.
Coding and programing is a major focus of the new curriculum. We teach these skills through a variety of programs, both on the PC desktop computers and iPads.
Each year, we host a Coding Day for each class to engage and fully immerse them in the world of coding and computational thinking through both screen-based and non-screen based activities.
At the forefront of our teaching of computing is E-safety. Teaching the children to be safe online, whether they are at school or at home is an area that we focus on throughout the year with every year group.
Our staff is CEOP (Child Exploitation & Online Protection) trained, and attend yearly refresher courses. We hold annual E-safety events for parents, and teach E-safety to our pupils in an age-appropriate way.