At Snapethorpe, children have weekly Computing lessons for an hour taught using a range of digital devices including iPads, laptops and Promethean ActivPanels. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. A high quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
The Primary National Curriculum for Computing is split into three strands: information technology, digital literacy and computer science.
- Information technology is about the use of computers for functional purposes, such as creating or sharing information or using search engines.
- Digital literacy is about the safe and responsible use of technology, including recognising its advantages for learning or retrieving information, but also understanding its dangers.
- Computer science helps children of all ages to understand how computers and programs work. It allows children the chance to learn simple computer programming using the program Espresso Coding, allowing children to create simple algorithms to solve problems.
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. 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.
Computing lessons are delivered using Espresso Coding and the Rising Stars: switched onto Computing scheme which includes regular teaching of Online Safety alongside the PSHE curriculum. Pupils are taught to be respectful and responsible online and are shown to report concerns they may have if they are made to feel uncomfortable. Our Acceptable Use Agreement is shown and explained to all pupils, which is signed and displayed in our classrooms.
Rising Stars: Switched onto Computing has a different focus each half term which includes technology being used in ways that expose students to potential jobs available today, such as animators, architects or game developers. The scheme is inclusive of all and uses up to date software that enables our pupils to be creative and competent users of ICT. It allows pupils to build on their knowledge by offering progressively more complex outcomes and contexts.