We are a National Online Safety Certified School, ensuring that our pupils are fully equiped to stay safe online.
I am Mrs Bebbington and I am the Computing Subject Lead at St Peter's.
Computing ensures that pupils become digitally literate (Digital Literacy) which means they are able to use technology safely and respectfully and are able to express themselves through information and communication technology (ICT). This will ensure that our pupils become active participants in a digital world which will allow them to access everything that they need to when they are in their future workplaces.
We strive to ensure that our Computing curriculum allows our pupils to reach their full potential in the subject by engaging with all strands of the curriculum at the appropriate level. To achieve this shared goal, I am continually aiming to develop my own practice and stimulate the children’s interest in technology and online safety.
Online safety is hugely important and our shared goal is to make sure all aspects of online safety are given profile when the children are studying other strands of the curriculum thus ensuring the children understand how to keep safe online whenever they access it.
Computing is concerned with storing, processing and presenting information by electronic means. Pupils need to use Computing in schools:
- to enhance and extend learning
- to gain confidence and the capability to use Computing in later life. (NCC)
A high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.
At St Peter’s, we believe that Computing prepares children to take part in the development of the rapidly changing world. Creative thinking encourages children to make positive changes to their quality of life. The subject encourages children to become innovative and creative thinkers and problem-solvers, both as individuals and as part of a team.
The use of computers and other Computing tools will be incorporated into every curriculum area so that it becomes a working tool in the classroom and that its application arises naturally through classroom activities. It enriches the wider curriculum by providing opportunities for both individual and collaborative learning. Computing is not only a subject in its own right but is also a means of enhancing teaching and learning and proves to be a strong motivator for all children, particularly those with special needs. It may be a tool by which children with emotional, physical or communication difficulties may fulfil their potential.
At St Peter's we use the Switched on Computing Scheme of Work.