It is our intention to enable children to find, explore, analyse, exchange and present information. We develop the skills necessary for children to be able to use information in a discriminating and effective way and know how to keep safe when using the internet. We offer a structured sequence of lessons, allowing teachers to ensure that they have covered the skills required to meet the aims of the national curriculum. The content allows for a broad, deep understanding of computing and how it links to children's lives. It offers a range of opportunities for consolidation, challenge and variety. All pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, they develop analytical problem-solving skills and learn to evaluate and apply information technology. They have regular practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve problems. Computing skills are a major factor in enabling children to be confident, creative and independent learners and it is our intention that children have every opportunity available to allow them to achieve this. We want children to know more, remember more and understand more in computing so that they leave primary school computer literate.
In Key Stage One, Computing is taught by the class teacher and cross-curricular links are important in supporting other areas of learning. This allows children to use technology in a purposeful way. Algorithms, programming and coding are taught at an age appropriate level and the basics are consolidated ready for Key Stage two. All aspects of Computing are taught with the golden thread of safety running through each lesson and children are taught how to keep safe online. In Key Stage two, lessons are taught by a subject specialist and focus on algorithms, programming and coding but in a more complex way and for different purposes. Children also develop their knowledge of computer networks, internet services and the safe and purposeful use of the internet and technology. Data Handling is featured more heavily in Years 5 and 6. Skills learnt throughout Years 1 to 4 are used to support data presentation. Assessment is ongoing using Otrack and progression throughout Key Stage two is evident as knowledge gained in previous years is developed and extended.
Learning in computing will be enjoyed across the school. Teachers will have high expectations and quality evidence will be presented in a variety of forms. Children will use digital and technological vocabulary accurately, alongside a progression in their technical skills. They will be confident using a range of hardware and software and will produce high-quality purposeful products. Children will see the digital world as part of their world, extending beyond school, and understand that they have choices to make. They are well informed about internet safety at an age appropriate level through E-safety assemblies, ICT and Jigsaw lessons. They will be confident and respectful digital citizens going on to lead happy and healthy digital lives.
Computing and ICT at HCPS
At HCPS every class has an allocated slot in our ICT Suite, where they will take part in Computing lessons. Children will learn:
ICT is used throughout school, with iPads available to use in lessons to support and enhance learning. Learning is enriched using ICT and technology is used in school to progress learning and provide the children with new experiences.