A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology. The core of computing is computer science, in which children are taught the principles of information and computation, how digital systems work, and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. Children 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 Grayshott we follow the statutory National Curriculum for Computing. By the end of Year 6 children should be able to:
- understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
The school has made considerable investment in ICT resources over recent years and each class has an interactive whiteboard and 3-4 networked computers with Internet access. We have sets of laptops, netbooks and ipads which are used throughout the school.
We use technology across all areas of the curriculum as a valuable tool for enriching learning and as a means for developing computing skills. Varied software and screened websites are used throughout all classes.
E-safety is taught through both Computing and PSHE. We teach children to become responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
British Values and Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development
Within Computing we promote tolerance and respect by using ICT to find out about different faiths and cultures. Children are taught to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law as they learn about safe and responsible use of ICT. Pupils have the opportunity to work independently and as a team to build resilience and self-esteem through a range of tasks.