Computing at Dulverton Primary School
Society is changing and there is an increasing need for a greater level of technological knowledge and awareness amongst the population as a whole. The National Curriculum states that ‘A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.’ At Dulverton, we believe that our high-quality computing education will provide opportunities to prepare and equip the pupils for this. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems.
Here at Dulverton, we follow The National Curriculum by splitting Computing into three key strands: computer science, information technology and digital literacy. 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. Building on this knowledge and understanding, pupils are equipped to use information technology to create programs, systems and a range of content. Computing also ensures that pupils 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.
What do we achieve in Computing at Dulverton Primary School?
At Dulverton, through the effective use of technology in the classroom and as a tool for home learning, we strive to produce a population:
- confident with new technology;
- able to access lifelong learning opportunities through the use of technology;
- can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems
- with an appreciation of the use of Computing in the context of the wider world;
- knowledgeable in the use of computers and the internet safely and critically.
What opportunities do we give students to share their learning in Computing?
We encourage children to share their knowledge with each other and the wider school community. This is achieved through ‘Sharing Assemblies’, parents evenings and event days, such as ‘Safer Internet Day’.
The children complete their homework and home learning through Google Classroom. For Computing lessons, the children use Purple Mash. We encourage use of a wide range of web based programs and create both individual and collaborative work which is displayed and shared around the school.
We create children who have a knowledgeable understanding of the digital world around them. We inspire, motivate and challenge our children to think creatively about how the digital world is developing and consider carefully their place within it.
At Dulverton, we create digital citizens of the 21st century who are ready to contribute to the wonderful world which is waiting for them!