We are very well-equipped for computing, with a designated computer suite and a secure wireless network for laptops and tablets. We have a range of computer-controlled equipment, including robots, cameras, electronic toys and sound recorders.
Every classroom has an interactive white board, a visualiser, and a camera to assist traditional teaching methods. The school has its own technician who follows a vigorous upgrade, maintenance and servicing programme to keep the school up-to-date with advances in new technology.
The children are taught programming skills as part of the curriculum. We use these Children’s Resources pages on the school website as a hub for learning and also use the BLOG for displaying the children’s work.
Intent - What do we want children to learn?
The computing curriculum at Sir Robert Hitcham’s aims to encourage children to use computational thinking in a digital technological world. We intend to motivate and inspire children through lessons that engage and challenge all learners to further develop their computer literacy and skills.
We currently adapt planning from Keychain Computing, which provides schools with a structured computing curriculum based on the Computing National Curriculum and incorporates the 3 strands of Digital literacy, Information Technology and Computer science.
The curriculum is designed to build on children’s skills from year to year; allowing them to access and become skilled in a range of digital software and hardware.
Implementation - How are we going to achieve our intent?
In computing, we implement an inclusive curriculum that meets the requirements of the National Curriculum. Our curriculum is well-planned and sequenced and provides cross-curricular opportunities for pupils to implement their digital skills in other areas of their learning.
The computing curriculum has three strands: Computer Science, Digital Literacy and Information Technology, and children develop their knowledge and skills in these areas. They are taught the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation.
Our curriculum is delivered through highly effective ‘quality first teaching’. Children have dedicated computing lessons for 1 hour per week and they are taught computing skills across other curriculum areas. Enrichment opportunities, including inspirational visitors and working within the community, provide our children with rich experiences and enhance teaching, learning and knowledge.
A key part of implementing our computing curriculum is to ensure the safety of our pupils when online or using digital technology. We take online safety very seriously and we aim to give children the necessary skills to keep themselves safe online. E-safety lessons are taught regularly within the curriculum and children are provided with strategies to support them when online.
To support the teaching and implementation of the computing curriculum the children have access to desktop computers, laptops, tablets, digital cameras, visualisers as well as a range of software and additional hardware.
Impact - What will it look like when we have achieved our intent?
Our computing curriculum will help the children to have a competency and confidence in digital technologies which will support them as not only users but creators in an increasingly digital world. Children will be able to see how computing systems, algorithms and software play a significant role in a range of industries and aspects of modern life. Pupils will be able to apply their skills across other curriculum areas to further enhance their learning. As well as providing children with the required skills, the curriculum enables our pupils to become safe, responsible and respectful users when online who are able to create safe spaces for themselves and other users. Our pupils will know how to avoid potentially harmful sites or dangers whilst being able to report issues they experience online.
See our Computing Posts on the Blog.
The Children's Commissioner have developed a Digital 5-a-day which will help parents support their children to have a healthy approach to using technology.
Our school promotes this within our Remote Learning policy.
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