The use of computing and information and communication technology is an integral part of the national curriculum and is a key skill for everyday life. computers, tablets, programmable robots, digital and video cameras are a few of the tools that can be used to acquire, organise, store, manipulate, interpret, communicate and present information. At Newcomen Primary School we recognise that pupils are entitled to quality hardware and software and a structured and progressive approach to the learning of the skills needed to enable them to use computing effectively.
Computing at Newcomen is now embedded across all curriculum areas and staff regularly use computing to enrich and diversify other subject areas. Our children now have access to a suite of 30 wireless laptops which can be used in their designated area or in the classes around school. Computing and ICT is taught from Nursery up to Year 6. The children have access to smartboards in class and they are used on a daily basis to support the children’s learning.
The school’s aims are to:
- Provide a relevant, challenging and enjoyable curriculum for computing for all pupils.
- Meet the requirements of the national curriculum programmes of study for computing.
- Use ICT and computing as a tool to enhance learning throughout the curriculum.
- To respond to new developments in technology.
- To equip pupils with the confidence and capability to use ICT and computing throughout their later life.
- To enhance learning in other areas of the curriculum using ICT and computing.
- To develop the understanding of how to use ICT and computing safely and responsibly.
The national curriculum for computing aims to ensure that all pupils:
- can understand and apply the fundamental principles of computer science, including logic, algorithms, data representation, and communication
- can analyse problems in computational terms, and have repeated practical experience of writing computer programs in order to solve such problems
- Can evaluate and apply information technology, including new or unfamiliar technologies, analytically to solve problems.
- Are responsible, competent, confident and creative users of information and communication technology.