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Computing

Access to the latest technology has become vital in the 21st Century classroom. We aim to provide our children with the skills needed for this advancing environment; to enable them to safely, responsibly and successfully use the huge range of tools available to them. We’ve invested in great ICT resources and as a result have gained a reputation for innovation in this area. Children work on laptops and iPads within their classrooms; this provides a whole range of opportunities to use our resources across the curriculum and for children to apply their skills in all subject areas.  We and have at least one networked computer and an interactive touchscreen in every room which has revolutionised the way we teach and the way the children respond to learning.

 

Teachers now have a range of computer tools to help bring many subjects to life and pupils love contributing to the very lively blogs each year group have on our website.  Children throughout the school also have plenty of opportunity to make their own films, animations and multimedia productions.

 

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Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.  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 support their learning.  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, thoughtful participants in a digital world.

 

We are consistently seeking ways to ensure our school is digitally up to date; we work regularly with our team of technicians to ensure we have a safe and efficient network as well as working with our external curriculum team to guarantee that our teaching is continuously developing to meet the requirements of the ever-evolving computing curriculum.

 

Online safety is a priority across the entire school and is consistently embedded into all aspects of computing.  All of our children and members of staff sign an acceptable usage policy and have a deep knowledge of how to be responsible online and when using technology. Children are actively encouraged to develop the skills of resilience which is a key factor in a confident digitally literate young learner.

 

For further information on how we keep our children safe please click here.

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