'Computers are now part of everyday life. For most of us, technology is
essential to our lives, at home and at work. ‘Computational thinking’ is
a skill children must be taught if they are to be ready for the workplace
and able to participate effectively in this digital world.'
Simon Peyton-Jones Chairman, Computing At School
Computing refers to a range of information and communications technology which include:
- Interactive whiteboards
- Email facilities and video conferencing
- Sound recording and processing equipment
- Digital and video cameras
- Control devices
- Roamers and beebots
At Chudleigh, we believe that computing has the potential to enrich both teaching and learning and therefore staff work hard to embed computing across the curriculum. Hardware and software is used regularly by both teachers and pupils to analyse, process, communicate and present information.
Children receive weekly computing lessons, during which the computing curriculum is taught. They also use computing on a daily basis within their own classrooms using either Ipads (EYFS- Year Four) or Chromebooks (Years 5 and 6) as each year group has an allocated amount, which are readily available. We have interactive whiteboards fitted in each classroom and in two small group areas. Each class has its own networked computer.
National Curriculum for Computing
The new National Curriculum 2014, introduced a change from ICT to Computing. This has been developed to equip young people with the foundational skills, knowledge and understanding of computing they will need for the rest of their lives.
Through the new programme of study for computing, children will learn how computers and computer systems work, they will design and build programs, develop their ideas using technology and create a range of content.
The focus of the new programme of study moves towards programming and other aspects of computer science. This begins right at the start. By Key Stage 2 (ages 7 to 11) they’ll be designing, writing and debugging programs using fairly sophisticated concepts of sequence, selection, variables and repetition.
This is taught through three aspects:
1. Computer science (CS) - 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.
Children can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems.
2. Information technology (IT) - Children can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
3. Digital literacy (DL)- Children are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. Allowing children to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas at a level suitable for the future.
The school’s Computing co-ordinator is Miss Suzanne Wright and the Computing technician is Mrs Chanda Solway. Please do feel free to contact us should you have any questions about this subject.