At Langshott Primary School Computing is highly valued and provides the opportunity for every child to use technology to enhance their learning and to discover how technology works. It is our aim to inspire pupil's curiosity to understand and apply the fundamental principles and concepts of computer science, including abstraction, logic, algorithms and data representation. With the introduction of the new National Curriculum (2014) pupils are developing their ability to analyse problems in computational terms, solve problems (debugging), evaluate and apply information technology and to use technology safely and respectfully,
Children at Langshott Primary School are taught computing to prepare them for a world where technology is rapidly changing. The computing curriculum is divided into three areas; Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Our teaching of Computing allows the children to build a broad and balanced knowledge through experiencing computing in two phases. First is through the teaching of discrete computing skills where children learn about computer science and investigating how to program devices, use technology to communicate information in the form of words and graphics, use the Internet, handle data, store and, sort and retrieve information. Secondly, the children are provided with the opportunities to use computing in a cross curricular manner. They are encouraged to think about how computing can support their learning across the curriculum by using and applying the skills they have learnt in the other subject areas. We have also participated in an Esafety week which included a very successful parent workshop. For links to the handouts for this session please see below.
At Langshott School all children have access to interactive whiteboards in each classroom, wireless internet connection across the entire school and a bank of laptops. We are also incredibly fortunate to also have a bank of LearnPads. Having these mobile devices allows the teaching and learning of Computing to happen inside and outside the classroom.
Pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development has an important role in preparing children for adult life, employment and lifelong learning. It enables them to develop respect for and sensitivity to others, and enables children to challenge prejudice. SMSC contributes to children’s well-being and promotes ways in which communities can live and work together. At Langshott Primary School we promote pupils SMSC development in Computing through both planned and spontaneous opportunities. We also look at British Values and how Britain has been shaped by technology.
The following is an example of some of the opportunities that we provide:
- appreciating and valuing their own identity – EYFS All about Me, Esafety week, Year 1 Esafety keeping information safe, Year 2 - Esafety, Year 3 Esafety
- ability to recognise the difference between right and wrong, readily apply this to their own lives and, in so doing, respect the civil and criminal law of England. Acceptance and engagement with the fundamental British values of democracy and rule of law - Esafety all year groups
- use of imagination and creativity in their learning, willingness to participate in and respond positively to artistic, sporting and cultural opportunities - Year 3 film making, Year 1 animation, Year 2 create an e-book
- willingness to reflect on their experiences , sense of enjoyment and fascination in learning about themselves and the world around them - EYFS controlling devices, Year 1 animation
- willingness to participate in a variety of communities and social settings, including by volunteering, cooperating well with others and being able to resolve conflicts - Year 1 Espresso coding unit 1a and 1b, Year 2 Espresso coding unit 2a and 2b and Year 3 Espresso coding unit 3a and 3b