Computing skills, including word-processing, data handling, modelling of information and the control of devices are taught. Pupils learn to use a variety of software packages, which are appropriate both to a range of subjects and the different ages and abilities of the children. Children are introduced to computers in Reception class and begin to learn skills which are developed as they progress through the school. Children use a range of hardware including programmable robots, PCs and IPads.
As a school we use Computing as a teaching and learning tool for the whole curriculum. Computing can stimulate and motivate pupils by enabling teachers to present information in interactive multimedia formats. The Internet is used to support the children’s learning whenever it is appropriate e.g. to research topic work or communicate using e-mail. There is Internet access in all classrooms. All classrooms have their own iPads and the majority of classrooms have their own desktop computers, along with interactive learning programmes such as Time Table Rockstars, Spelling Shed, Maths Shed and Bug Club.
Children use 'Google' software as a tool for learning. Each child has their own cloud-based drive and email account so they can access the most uptodate technology for learning.
We also have an Computing Suite where each class goes for timetabled Computing lessons. In addition to this we have invested in mobile technologies such as netbooks and Ipads which are used in class to enhance the teaching and learning across the curriculum. All classes have interactive whiteboards. The school has a strict Internet Protocol so that pupils are able to use the Internet safely. The South West Grid for Learning enables our children to access the Internet via a secure server. Programming and creating programmes through algorithms is a key part of the new Computing Curriculum.