All pupils at Arundale have the right to have rich, deep learning experiences that balance all the aspects of computing. With technology playing such a significant role in society today, we believe ‘Computational thinking’ is a skill children must be taught if they are to be able to participate effectively and safely in this digital world. A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use creativity to understand and change the world. Computing has deep links with mathematics, science, and design and technology, and provides insights into both natural and artificial systems. At Arundale, the core of computing is Computer Science in which pupils are introduced to a wide range of technology, including laptops, iPads and interactive whiteboards, allowing them to continually practice and improve the skills they learn. This ensures they become digitally literate so that they are able to express themselves and develop their ideas through information and computer technology– at a level suitable for the future workplace and as active participants in a digital world.
Teachers work closely with a specialist computing team, In2Learn, to ensure lessons are progressive and encouraging all children to reach their full potential . Teachers receive planning and feedback from the In2learn staff which allow for additional cross curricular links to be made outside of the structured computing lessons. Assessments are carried out termly using online tasks set to challenge and allow the children to consolidate their computer skills, knowledge and learning against other children of a similar age nationally.
We teach a curriculum that enables children to become effective users of technology who can:
Understand and apply the essential principles and concepts of Computer Science, including logic, algorithms and data representation;
Analyse problems in computational term, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems;
Evaluate and apply information technology analytically to solve problems;
Communicate ideas well by utilising appliances and devices throughout all areas of the curriculum.
Arundale Primary takes internet safety extremely seriously. We have an ESafety Policy that provides guidance for teachers and children about how to use the internet safely. Every year group participates in lessons on e-safety and children understand how to stay safe when using technology. You may find the following links useful to help your child stay safe online at home:
Understanding social networking sites and how to keep your children safe.
Great advice to help keep your children safe online.
Safety information for the whole family.
Report any illegal content on the internet.
Keep up to date with any e-safety issues.
Safer Internet Information on gaming safely with resources for parents and children.
Understand and share the world of social networking websites with your children.
Our Computing curriculum is high quality, well thought out and is planned to demonstrate progression. If children are keeping up with the curriculum, they are deemed to be making good or better progress. In addition, we measure the impact of our curriculum through the following methods: