The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.
How do we teach Computing?
At Pinner Wood, we are committed to ensuring that our pupils have the skills, knowledge and understanding of Computing needed for them to engage with technology.
To help us achieve this all pupils (from year 1 up) have access to their own account on Seesaw. This platform is used to support learning in class and at home. Families can see the projects that a child has been completing and there is a two-way dialogue between home and school. Your child’s login QR code will be sent home with them in September.
We are well resourced for Computing. Each class has 15 ipads (1 shared between 2) that support the teaching of computing and can be used to enhance all areas of the curriculum. On top of this, we have a school set of laptops to support teaching.
At Pinner Wood we believe that Computing is an integral part of every day life. We therefore aim to incorporate the Computing skills into other areas of the curriculum e.g. children being able to record a video of a weather report written in English, using the green screen in our state of the multimedia suite. Where skills need to be taught discreetly, such as Coding and Programming, we have access to 45 laptops. Year groups teach these skills over two half terms in the year.
We strongly believe that we need to educate children how to use technology so they are able to develop their skills and access their benefits. With that comes a responsibility of teaching children how to be safe when online. We feel this message is strongest when both home and school work together. During our lessons, we always reinforce the message of staying safe online and show our children how to make sure that they are safe and our internal school systems are monitored with systems in place to help protect children.