At Sandridge our schools vision for computing is that we will provide a high-quality computing education that equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology and we utilise our facilities to enable children to research, organise and evaluate information and apply their skills through a range of cross curricular activities. Children experience a range of hardware and software to support their computational thinking and understanding.
We follow the National Centre for Computing Education’s scheme and computing is taught bi-weekly for a whole afternoon in each class. The children develop skills in creative media, coding and using algorithms, understanding how digital systems work and how to put this knowledge to use through programming and debugging simple programmes, sending messages, word processing and data manipulation as well as using search technology safely and even composing and creating music. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. This prepares the children and enables them to become digitally literate – able to use, and express themselves and develop their ideas through information and communication technology – at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
We ensure that the concept of safety, and being safe whilst using technology, is discussed in every computing session as well as enforcing this with displays throughout the school. We also have annual eSafety workshops for pupils and parents, ensuring this is drip-fed across the wider curriculum and throughout the year.