“I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.” – Bill Gates
When teaching Computing, we impart our next generation with a wide range of fundamental and transferable skills, knowledge and expertise that will equip them for the next stage of their journey. To meet the needs of all children, we provide a variety of opportunities to facilitate creativity and enable them to flourish using a range of devices. Children look after equipment, such as iPads, laptops and desktop computers, and we place a high importance on being respectful when communicating with others across digital platforms. Children are taught the fundamental skills which are developed, applied and consistently revisited through the deep links with Maths, Science and Design Technology. By the time children reach Year 6, the progression made enables them to share their knowledge and experience through leading oral presentations to peers, internet café sessions to support the wider community and hands-on experiences working as digital leaders and with external professionals. Pupils display perseverance when developing their computational thinking, enabling them to expand their knowledge of e-safety, information technology, computer science and digital literacy, using computer systems and networks competently, responsibly and safely.
The overarching aim for ICT in our school is to ensure that pupils:
- Develop ICT capability in finding, selecting and using information;
- Use ICT for effective and appropriate communication;
- Monitor and control events, both real and imaginary;
- Apply hardware and software to creative and appropriate uses of information;
- Apply their ICT skills and knowledge to their learning in other areas;
- Use their ICT skills to develop their language and communication skills;
- Explore their attitudes towards ICT and its value to them and society in general. For example: to learn about issues of security, confidentiality and accuracy.