In the new national curriculum Computing is presented as one lens through which pupils can understand the world. There is a now a focus on computational thinking and creativity, as well as opportunities for creative work in programming and digital media. We aim to offer a broad and balanced curriculum that prepares pupils to develop a good understanding of computational thinking and creativity.
There are three aspects of the computing curriculum: computer science, information technology and digital literacy.
This is the core of the new curriculum, in which pupils learn how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming. At Cecil Road we will be using Scratch, a programming tool, to allow the pupils to develop skills in logic and programming in a creative way. This practical experience is a fun and effective way to learn about computer science.
Pupils learn to use information technology to, create, organise, store and retrieve digital material in a purposeful way. Pupils in KS2 learn to search the internet effectively and use a range of software and digital devices to accomplish their goals.
This very important strand teaches pupils to use technology safely, respectfully and responsibly. Pupils have the opportunity to understand the opportunities that networks offer for communication but also learn to be discerning about digital content. Pupils also understand how to report concerns. Computing is an important part of learning at Cecil Road Primary & Nursery School. Our Computing curriculum gives children the opportunity to develop skills in all aspects of the subject. This includes opportunities for children to create their own programs as well as communication, data handling, modelling, control and research. Our broadband internet provides a wealth of resources and information, and our children are taught e-Safety to help them use this important resource appropriately.
Technology is used across the whole curriculum, with all classes making use of their interactive whiteboards and in-class computers. Children will also experience a wide range of exciting ICT resources to support and enhance their learning including digital cameras, voice recorders, computer microscopes, visualisers and more - applying the skills they are learning in their Computing lessons in a meaningful context. With the launch of our new web site Cecil Road will also be developing the use of blogs with pupils from each year group becoming digital leaders to support and encourage other pupils.
The school has networked computers in all year groups from the Foundation Stage right up to the end of Key Stage Two. As well as the main ICT suite which easily accommodates a whole class, the infant building also makes use of a mini suite. A portable trolley of 15 netbooks that can be used in the classrooms is also available.