Computing and ICT
The national curriculum states that 'a high-quality computing education equips pupils to use computational thinking and creativity to understand and change the world.' The curriculum for Computing has strong links with mathematics, science, and design and technology. 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. 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.
At Pensans School, we follow the iCompute Scheme of Work which builds progressively, year on year, to enable children to understand the often complex ideas involved and makes full use of the school's laptops and iPads. Digital literacy is promoted through the use of these throughout the REAL projects and children are encouraged to share their learning using a range of programmes and approaches. The school also uses on-line learning sites such as Education City, Mathletics and Bug Club to support the class in work.
All staff have also received Prevent training and understand the risks that online communication pose to children. We actively provide support to students, parents and staff to make sure they are aware of how social media, gaming and internet access needs to be monitored and children protected.
All children cover an Internet safety module and we have also provided a workshop for parents so they are informed and up to date with the world their children are growing up in.