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Computing

Technology is a very important aspect of our modern daily lives. Our schools recognise how important it is in today's world that pupils should have a good knowledge and understanding of technology and how it can be used. Our aims are to:
- develop pupils' skills in using hardware and software
- increase pupils' awareness of the potential and limitations of different forms of technology
- to stimulate and promote the use of Information and Communication Technology in order to support, enhance and extend learning opportunities
- to develop pupil's IT capability, including their knowledge and understanding of the importance of information and how to select and prepare it
- to teach coding as a specific curriculum area in accordance with the National Curriculum
- to use ICT as a tool to enhance teaching and learning throughout all curriculum areas
- to help both pupils and staff to develop confidence and competence to use ICT in a range of situations and contexts appropriate to the task

The majority of the Computing curriculum is embedded within other areas of the curriculum, which enables pupils to see how the use of technology can be used in a wider context. The computing curriculum is broken down into four main areas - E-safety, Digital Literacy and Information Technology and Programming and Algorithms.

We have a set of laptops that are regularly used within the week and each class is equipped with an interactive whiteboard. Pupils are also given the opportunity to use a variety of resources, including calculators, photocopiers, scanners, digital imaging equipment (video and photographic), and audio equipment.

Information Communication Technology is constantly changing and through review and analysis, we aim to keep our curriculum relevant and exciting for pupils. We frequently change the curriculum we follow to reflect the advances seen in technology. This has meant access to a broader range of experiences for pupils, using software and web applications in new and interesting ways. 

Safety and Security
All parents and children are asked to sign the ICT User Agreement, which clearly states expectations for pupils when using the internet as a resource at school. All children have access to the internet with supervision.

As part of the Computing curriculum, internet safety and security is taught to pupils in age-appropriate stages as they move through the school. We participate in Safer Internet Day each year and e-safety is always an important topic. Please see our e-safety page for further information located in the information section.