Computing at Whitings Hill
“A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world”
(National Curriculum 2014)
At Whitings Hill, our aim is to provide our children with a computing curriculum which ensures they are digitally literate, can become active participants in the digital world and are well-prepared for the challenges of the future workplace. The core of our curriculum is computer science, in which our pupils are taught the fundamentals of programming. We encourage our pupils to utilise this computational thinking and their own creativity in a range of computing contexts.
We aim to ensure that our children have a clear embedding of the computing knowledge required and opportunity to practise and develop key skills to nurture a real understanding of the subject.
Our four main computing aims are:
That all pupils can understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstractions, logic, algorithms and data representation. (Computer Science)
All pupils can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems. (Computer Science)
All pupils can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems. (Information Technology)
All pupils are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology. (Digital Literacy)
New computing vocabulary is taught discreetly within computing lessons. This vocabulary is then continually referred to, both within the school environment and in cross-curricular lessons e.g. using the term ‘algorithm when describing the process for short division or writing instructions in English.
We understand the importance of teaching online safety and recognise that it must be reinforced regularly. We educate all pupils on how to ensure they have a positive digital footprint, which is increasingly important in the digital world they are growing up in. We ensure pupils know how to stay safe online and where to go to receive support if required. Alongside continual teaching of online safety, we deliver an annual Internet Safety Week and remind children of rules learnt through assemblies and the wider school environment. Through this, we recognise that parents play a pivotal role in keeping children safe online. For this reason, we regularly keep parents updated through newsletters, the school website and online safety workshops.
We teach the National Curriculum, supported by iCompute which provides rich and varied learning experiences for all pupils with progressive sequences of lessons from EYFS to Year 6. This scheme supports our teachers to ensure that the children’s skills progress year on year. To ensure a broad range of skills and understanding, the Computing curriculum is taught across three main strands: Digital Literacy (evaluating digital content and using technology safely and respectfully), Computer Science (programming and understanding how digital systems work) and Information Technology (using computer systems to store, retrieve and send information). Online safety is embedded within all lessons and is part of everyday discussions with pupils.
Each year, we celebrate Safer Internet as a whole school. This is part of an online safety week, which involves assemblies and a parent session.
Children will be confident users of technology, able to use it to accomplish a wide variety of goals, both at home and in school.
Children will have a secure and comprehensive knowledge of the implications of technology and digital systems. This is important in a society where technologies and trends are rapidly evolving.
Children will be able to apply the British values of democracy, tolerance, mutual respect, rule of law and liberty when using digital systems.