Our aim is to grow problem solvers, careful sequence checkers, pattern makers, creative thinkers and logical predictors who understand a range of different technologies. 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.
The three aspects of the computing curriculum – computer science (CS), information technology (IT) and digital literacy (DL) – are taught discretely where necessary as well as being embedded in all areas of the curriculum through a range of relevant, topic-based tasks.
The core of computing is computer science, in which pupils are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through, information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
It is vital for our children to become competent, confident and discerning users of IT with a good understanding of online safety and know how to protect themselves when using the internet and social media.
As well as a range of computers and laptops for children to use, in Upper Key Stage 2 every child has their own iPad! These are used on a daily basis to support their learning in all areas of the curriculum. In LKS2 and KS1 the children have 30 iPads which are shared across the floor.
We have great links with the Camden City Learning Centre and all our classes visit at least once a year to participate in working with new technology, new programmes or with hardware we are unable to offer.